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KESWICK, CUMBRIA

Keswick Cumbria Lake District holidays vacations. Keswick is on the north shore of Derwentwater lake and is one of Cumbrias Lake Districts' most well known towns.

Town Centre, Keswick.

Keswick
Location:
OS ref
NY 267234
Sheet 90.
In the north
of the Lake
District.


Nearest
Towns:

Cockermouth
NW just off
the A66, 12mls/
20km.

Penrith
East on the
A66, 15mls/
25km.

Ambleside
SE on the A591
15mls/25km.

Lakes:
Derwentwater
Bassenthwaite
There are many
other lakes near
the town.

Fells:
Skiddaw
Cat Bells

Cumberland
Mustard

Genealogy


Keswick is the chief town of the North Lake District and is beautifully situated near the north shore of Lake Derwentwater, cradled between the imposing Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw to the north, Castlerigg Fell to the south east and Cat Bells and the Derwent Fells to the south west. Which ever way you approach Keswick you cannot fail to be impressed by the majesty of the surrounding countryside and the situation of the town. Keswick is an ideal base for the exploration of the Lake District and the north and west of Cumbria. Access to the Eden Valley is also easy.

There are several specialised shops catering for all sorts of tastes and wants found in the town centre. Tea shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs can be found aplenty if you need to refuel after a mornings walking, shopping or a day out in the spectacular countryside. Derwentwater on the outskirts of the town and Bassenthwaite Lake 3mls NW make ideal places to spend a more sedentary day enjoying the views and sounds of the lakes having a picnic or a stroll round the shore.

The great poet Coleridge found the town so charming and the countryside so inspirational that he made his home in the town at Greta Hall: he shared the building with Southey and they were often visited by Wordsworth from his home at Cockermouth. This tells you something of the high regard that the town was and is held in.

Other attractions in the area include Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient site to the east of the town and very impressive. 5 miles down the east side of Derwentwater on the B5289, past the end of the lake, the signpost to the Bowder Stone, a popular and unusual tourist attraction, it is a large block of stone brought down by the melting glacier at the end of the Ice Age, and left perched on one of its corners.

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