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Keswick Queen of The Lakes
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Grasmere in general
Advantages: One of the top ten destinations in the world
Disadvantages: Seven hours from London
Keswick is often regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the UK and rated by the staff of the American credit agency Standard & Poor as one of the most fabulous places on earth. 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 always inspired philosophers, social reformers, artists and poets, such as Ruskin, Walpole, Coleridge, Heaton-Cooper, Wordsworth and Southey.
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. Keswick is the centre of UK climbing activity and naturally is the favourite centre for Lakeland climbers. The town is planning on being the outdoor activity centre of Britain within the next few years as a result of its current prominence. Mountain biking around the lower slopes of Blencathra is said to be the best in England and the Coast to Coast Cycle route passes close to the centre of town.
Despite its small size (population 4850 approx), Keswick contains a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions far wider than you might expect. The town also has the accolade of having the highest number of B&B’s and Hotels per head of population within the UK.
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, tennis courts, mini golf course, leisure pool and sports hall. The town is also blessed with two large recreational parks within a stones throw of the town centre. Fitz Park is home to Keswick Cricket Club voted by Wisdens as the most beautiful cricket ground in the whole country. 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. The perfection of Keswick was summed up some two hundred years ago, by a guide describing Keswick as the Queen of the Lakes. These days there is only one way to book and visit the town. All the information you require can be found on www.keswick-tourist-information.com It provides a slightly quirky but factual report on this magnificent resort.
Shopping in Keswick makes friendly relaxation after an invigorating day in the open air. Keswick retains the attractive appearance of a traditional market town; the Saturday market stalls still set around the town square. The plethora of eating establishments has to be seen to be appreciated, catering for just about all tastes.
Keswick has an all year season, with visitors arriving continuously to sample the various delights on offer. Its origins are as a Lakeland market town, which gave birth to the pencil industry (hence - Derwent & Cumberland Pencils) and now as the Sunday Times readers favourite weekend retreat. As well as having the Parish Church of St John voted one of the friendliest in Britain by Daily Telegraph readers. Keswick’s claim to fame must surely be its ability to transform itself to the needs of the times.
Summary: Overview of Keswick
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