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Travel to Keswick by Car & Motorhome

Keswick is very accessible by car. There are a number of routes depending upon time and patience from the slower but very picturesque A591 through Central Lake District to the (usually) quicker but less interesting motorway routes, the choice is yours


From the South: Head through the beautiful Southern lakes via Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere (A591). This route meanders through these lovely Lakeland towns and villages, past Lake Windermere, Rydal, Grasmere and Thirlmere (great places for a picnic!) before you drop down the spectacular hill into Keswick town. Breathtaking scenery though can be slow.


Alternatively, head on the M6 motorway to the Penrith turnoff (junction 41). Turn left at the main roundabout and follow the road for 15 miles until you see signs for Keswick. Nice gateway into the Lake District and one of the best panormaics of the Northern fells from Troutbeck. Not as pretty as the Lakeland route but quick and easy!


From the North: Turn into Carlisle and head for Dalston. Follow the road over Caldbeck common, dropping steeply down into the pretty village of Uldale, then to onto the A591 at Castle Inn. Drive takes you past Bassenthwaite (village and lake), Mirehouse, Applethwaite and into Keswick at Crosthwaite. Alternatively, again head on the M6 down to Penrith turnoff at Junction 41. Turn right at the roundabout and head along the A66 to Keswick (15 miles).


Try the AA journey planner. This free online guide gives you a breakdown of distance and possible routes for travelling to Keswick by car.