We’ve partnered with The Spa at Underscar to offer our guests exclusive access to their beautiful spa and leisure facilities. A short drive from Fellpack House, at the foot of the magnificent Skiddaw, The Spa at Underscar is the perfect place to while away from time on a rainy day, or relax and revive after a hard day on the fells.

Access for Fellpack House guests is complimentary, but subject to availability. Speak to our team to book your spa session.

If you fancy a trip further afield, head east. Brougham Hall, just a mile south of Penrith, Cumbria, was built in the 14th century and was derelict until restoration began in the 1980s. It’s now one of the largest country house restoration projects in England, and also home to lots of local artists and their workshops. This includes Mary Chappelhow, whose ceramics you’ll see around The Hazeldene, as well as at our sister restaurant Fellpack Kitchen (indeed, Mary came up with our original “fellpot” design, which we still use to this day).

East of Penrith you’ll also find lots of pretty villages and smaller fells to explore for something a bit different. We recommend the incredible valley High Cup Nick, accessible from Dufton (where there’s a cracking pub, The Stag, for a great after-walk pint!).

broughamhall.co.uk

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Watendlath is a tiny hamlet – and a beautiful tarn, also called Watendlath – that’s hidden up in the fells between Borrowdale and Thirlmere. You can reach it on foot from Keswick, either via a low route under Falcon Crag (follow signs for Great Wood from Keswick, and further signposts from there), or approach it from above on a longer walk over Bleaberry, High Seat and High Tove fells.

This flexibility makes Watendlath an option whatever the weather – and there’s also a great little tea room that you can cosy up in before heading down into Rosthwaite to catch the 77 bus back to Keswick.

Seeing the fells from the water gives you a totally new perspective on this beautiful place. There are a number of options for getting out, from rowing boats to kayaks, but we particularly rate an evening stand-up paddleboard. Floating calmly on the waves with the sun going down is pretty epic. You can hire SUPs at various places, including Kong Adventure. kongadventure.com

Fell running is a huge part of Cumbrian culture, and Keswick Athletic Club – founded back in 1974 – has a membership list that includes some of the true greats of the sport. Simple at its heart, fell running is really just about moving quickly – or as fast as you can! – over the fells and sometimes battling it out with fellow “mad runners” in a race. Fell races take place around Cumbria – as well as in neighbouring hilly northern counties – and during the main part of the season you could end up racing a couple of times a week if you wanted.

You don’t have to start with a race, though. If you fancy trying fell running but aren’t quite sure where to begin, why not check out one of the six routes our team has created. They’re all loops that start and finish at The Round (s0 you can get a burger to refuel afterwards!), and they vary from 5km to 20km.

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There’s been a market in Keswick for well over 700 years, and what would once have been predominantly a farmers’ meet has evolved into over 60 stalls showcasing a huge range local arts, crafts and food – from hot sauce to tweed jackets, there’s lots to browse!

The market is held in Main Street around the Moot Hall every Thursday (Feb-Dec) and every Saturday all year.

Keswick is lucky to have the Theatre by the Lake, a stunningly-situated two-stage venue that brings a stream of top quality productions to town. From comedy and drama to music and dance, there’s always something that’s worth checking out. A great option for a bit of evening culture.

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Last month we hosted our first ever Walla Week – and what a week it was!

We challenged Keswick locals and visitors alike to make their way from The Round to the summit of Walla Crag (our favourite local little fell) as fast as possible, in return for a refreshing pint of Walla’s Reward, a donation to Fix the Fells and, for the speediest, a chance at a spot on our Walla Dash leaderboard.

By the end of the week, we’d seen 130 dashers taking part, collectively covering over 936km and clocking up 119 hours of fell running. In return for their efforts, we poured them 130 pints of Walla’s Reward and together we raised £300 for Fix the Fells.

Thank you to everyone who took part and donated over the week. We’ll see you for another Walla Week in 2023 but, in the meantime, if you want to take on the Walla Dash come and see our team at The Round to grab a card and cheer you on your way.

Have you ever completed or dreamt of completing a UTMB Race?! 

Well, Abi Woolaston and Paul Dixon, both fabulous team members of Fellpack are setting sail for Sweden to complete a 50k challenging coastal race around southern Sweden called the Seventh Seal.

Winding around the coastal peninsula of Bjare, Sweden there are sure to be a plethora of beautiful views and hill or two to tackle.

This race begins in the small town of Bastad, heading south through the Sinarpsdalen valley to then climb the Hallandsasen ridge! 

Boy, will we be jealous of the views from the top of this mountain, displaying stunning views all the way south to Skalderviken bay!

Then it’s time to pick up the pace and run on the flat through (hopefully) beautiful green fields and quaint villages. Although, the weather is currently looking very wet and windy. What is the Scandinavian saying ‘no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’? 

Well, a bit of sun never hurts does it ! 

The hopes are to come in the top 3 for Abi Woolesten, a beast of a runner, to then qualify for the notorious UTMB race in Chamonix next August. 

Wishing all the best luck to the racers jetting off to Sweden for the 4th of November. 

Let us know if you are doing any challenges through our Instagram @Fellpack

We love Walla Crag. We’ve fondly considered it our home fell since the early days of Fellpack, and we often suggest it to people looking for a smaller summit that’s big on beautiful views. But little Walla shouldn’t be underestimated. Sure, you can take it as a leisurely stroll – but you can also pit yourself and your fitness against this little mountain.

That’s why we created the Walla Dash – a challenge to run up and down Walla Crag from The Round as fast as you can. And this year we’re going even bigger with the launch of WALLA WEEK!

From Monday 13 to Saturday 18 June, we want to get as many people as possible to experience our favourite fell as possible. In return for your efforts, we’ll give you a free pint to rehydrate with, and we’ll make a £2 donation to Fix The Fells on your behalf.

The rules are simple:

  • Dashers start at The Round – pick up a Walla Dash card from our team and starting our timers (and/or your own) – and head up Walla as fast as you can.
  • Take a selfie on the summit with your Walla Dash card.
  • Head back to The Round as fast as you can.

Refresh with a free pint of Walla’s Reward and we’ll donate £2 to Fix the Fells. Get a photo and a place on our Walla Dash wall of fame – maybe you’ll even make it to the leaderboard!

For more info, pop into The Round or check out @theroundkeswick on instagram. Happy running!