Cumbria CA12 5DQ
The busy little market town of Keswick (pronounced Kezik) is located just north of Derwent Water in the north-west Lake District. It is surrounded by the most spectacular mountains and is a centre for outdoor activities.
Keswick is easily accessible from the major northern towns of Workington and Penrith (A66), Carlisle via the A595, and the A591 road brings Windermere and Kendal town with all their attractions, within easy driving distance.
Vehicle Free Town Centre
As most people arrive by car there are plenty of car parks in town but the actual town centre is pedestrianised. In the heart of Keswick is the most attractive Moot Hall and market place. Keswick TIC is in the Moot Hall and is a vital information resource for visitors to the area. Every Saturday a market is held in Market Square (a tradition since 1276).
Derwent Water on the southern outskirts of town is a very pretty lake with a number of islands in it. It is one of the larger bodies of water in the Lake District and supports a number of water-based activities. There are seven lakeside marinas, some of which have boats available for hire, and the Keswick Launch Company runs regular cruise/ferry services around the lake.
You may see a rare Red Squirrel
Derwent Water is spectacularly beautiful. An extensive network of footpaths exists within the hills and woods surrounding the lake. These woods are one of the few remaining places in England where the rare Red Squirrel may be found foraging and burying his nut store for the winter.
The Keswick-Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and carries a regular bus service. There is a lesser, or unclassified, road along the western shore connecting the villages of Grange and Portinscale.
There are shoreline and high fell walks
Nestled in the valleys surrounding Keswick are five smaller lakes – Buttermere, Bassingthwaite, Thirlmere, Crummock Water and Grasmere. Several of these lakes provide level shoreline walks, while others provide excellent high fell walking.
Once upon a time mining and farming was the major source of income for the Lake District and a number of museums in Keswick record this industrial history. The discovery of a pure seam of graphite in Borrowdale led to the establishment of the pencil industry admirably presented in the Cumberland Pencil Museum.
Keswick Museum & Art Gallery
The Keswick Museum & Art Gallery has a wonderful collection of quirky objects including a slate Xylophone known internationally as ‘The Musical Stones of Skiddaw’.
Other attractions nearby include the atmospheric ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick and the fascinating Honister Slate Mine in Honister Pass where visitors can tour the underground workings or test their nerve on the Via Ferrata Classic & Xtreme Wire adventures.
Keswick has all the amenities of a town yet manages to retain the atmosphere of a village with cricket being played in the park and the little River Greta chuckling through. It is well known for its annual film, beer and jazz festivals in the summer months.
Plentiful supply of varied accommodation available
There is a plentiful supply of varied accommodation ranging from 5-star to camping, many shops, convivial pubs, restaurants, cafés and a permanent theatre. To check on who is appearing click on Web: Keswick Theatre Website
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Keswick is an ideal Touring Base
No matter whether you are interested in the Lake Poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, vigorous outdoor pursuits or just awesome scenery, Keswick makes an ideal touring base for the northern Lake District.
Contact & Further Information
The Keswick town website has very good Getting There Information
The Cumbria County Council has a bus travel website at Web: Bus Timetables/ Cumbria
Google Maps - Keswick