Christmas in Borrowdale and Derwent Water

Shop manager at Borrowdale greets customer at the door with mulled wine

Sadly Keswick has been very badly hit by Storm Desmond. Our Lakeside Shop has been flooded and we will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience and we wish all the other residents and traders in Keswick best wishes at this difficult time.

Imagine if the experience of Christmas shopping included bird song echoing off bare tree branches, mist rising off the lake and a view of Lakeland fells dusted with snow.

Well, if you come to our Keswick Lakeside shop on the edge of Derwent Water you can have all that and more.

Just five minutes’ walk from the crowds in Keswick’s bustling market square, the shop sits at the start of peaceful woodland and lakeshore walks with views over the lake to Cat Bells.

Open every weekend until Christmas

The shop is open 10.30am-4pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during November and every Saturday and Sunday during December (last open day on Sunday 20 December). So take some deep breaths and enjoy the time and space to browse the thoughtful gift selection that’s inspired by winter’s beauty and Christmas traditions at a more civilised pace.

Shop Manager’s Recommendation

'As winter tightens its grip and the dark nights creep slowly in, what could be better than curling up with in front of a roaring fire under the safety and warmth of a National Trust blanket?  

Cosy woollen blankets make beautiful gifts
Beautiful woollen blankets in warm colours beside bronze cat ornament

Produced using pure new wool from our National Trust tenant farms and woven within the UK and available in different styles and colours they are a real treat for yourself or a wonderful gift for that certain someone.’

Relaxed and traditional

This year we’re decorating the shop window with a Silver Birch sapling, cut from Cockshot Wood just outside the door. After twelfth night we’ll return it to the woodland to provide an environment for minibeasts and nourishment as the remaining stump begins to regrow.

Make an outing of it

The shop is next to the newly extended café at the renowned Theatre by the Lake. With a reputation for serving quality local produce and newly-opened lake views it’s a great place to treat yourself.

Or take ten quiet minutes to yourself and take the level ½ mile walk to the bench at the Friar’s Crag viewpoint.

Keswick's best viewpoint, Friar's Crag, is just a ten minute stroll from our shop
The bench at the viewpoint at Friar's Crag, Derwent Water with hills reflected in the lake

The view down the entire length of Derwentwater to the distinctive ‘teeth’ of Castle Crag with Glaramara rising in the distance has inspired writers, thinkers and painters like John Ruskin, William Turner, and National Trust founder Hardwicke Rawnsley. Take the time to recharge your spiritual batteries and enjoy a moment’s peace and tranquillity.

Gifts for Lakeland lovers

If your loved ones prefer a gift that keeps on giving, why not buy them a stretch of Lakeland footpath? Buying a gift voucher for the Fix the Fells project helps to raise much needed funds to pay for essential work to repair upland paths across the lakes and save the fragile fells from unsightly erosion scars caused by too many pairs of boots.