Sheridans Guides to Great Britan & Ireland




Keswick, Cumbria

Keswick is known as the town that has it all and rightly so. Surrounded by the English Lake District Park, which consists of some 860 square miles of incredibly idyllic countryside, Keswick has inspired philosophers, social reformers, artists and poets. Such as Ruskin, Walpole, Coleridge, Heaton-Cooper, Wordsworth, Southey and it still continues to do so today. If ever there was a town surrounded by magic, myth and lore then this is definitely it. The countryside has been shaped by a history of mining, forestry and farming the sheep being contained upon the fells by dry stone walls. Walkers are spoiled for choice in the area with the summits of Skiddaw (931m), Scafell (964m) and the gentler slopes of Catbells (445m) and Latrigg (367m) all of which (excepting Scafell) provide panoramic views of the town. Despite its small size, Keswick contains a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions far wider than you might expect. A seemingly endless succession of festivals, events and conventions take place each year adding to the bustle and gaiety of the town. Three very individual museums, a highly successful Theatre, the cinema and art and craft exhibitions are balanced for the active by an indoor climbing wall, leisure pool with flume and wave machine as well as sports hall. The town is also blessed with two beautiful large recreational parks within a stones throw of the town centre. Within a 10 minute walk of the Moot Hall is the majesty of Derwentwater described by president Woodrow Wilson as the most perfectly set of all the lakes. Shopping in Keswick is a friendly relaxation, after an invigorating day in the open air.

Map of Keswick