Keswick is an ideal base from which to explore the Northern Lakes and easily reached from Penrith off the M6.
For those not up to some of the more strenuous mountain walks, try the lovely Buttermere Lake walk which is just over 4 miles and an absolute delight. While there are many choices for food locally in Keswick, for a change drive the short distance to Cockermouth and dine at the Quince and Medlar which is a renowned vegetarian restaurant. Make sure you have a reservation as it is very popular and only small. The shopping in Keswick is very good, particularly in relation to outdoor wear. There are many retailers specializing in this genre which makes for very competitive pricing with lots of bargains to be had.