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Keswick in the Lakes
Keswick in general
Member Name: blissman70
Keswick in general
Advantages: Lots to do
Disadvantages: leaving for home
I first visited this village in 1991 when I was touring the UK and climbing some of the many fells in the beautiful lakes.
Due to circumstances my friends and I were running low on finances and therefore had to find work quickly. I found work as a bar tender/waiter in a large hotel on the Borrowdale road which meant I could earn a wage whilst still exploring the beautiful lake district.
Anyway, back to Keswick.
At the time of working there, due to the stupid split shift system hotels use and the endless sleepless nights, the only places I got to view in Keswick were the eight till late shop near the roundabout and the village pubs...(well, what do you expect?)
So when I moved on in my career I decided to revisit Keswick as a tourist and I was not disappointed at what the village had to offer.
Keswick is situated next to Derwentwater, which is a popular tourist destination, the village being overlooked by Skiddaw.
Along the A66 from Penrith (junction 40 of the M6) or the A591 from Windermere.
Nearest railway station is Penrith, with a 40 minute couch journey to Keswick. Other railway station is in Windermere.
There is a good sizes bus/coach station near the centre with excellent coach connections from many cities.
It is a market village with many attractions for everyone, offering a pedestrian zone for the safety of all. The main business in Keswick these days is tourism and Keswick has a lot to offer with many hotels, restaurants and café for the thousands of people who visit every year.
In the centre of the village is the Moot Hall, with an information desk inside.
With the village being completely surrounded by many breathtaking mountains, such as Skiddaw, Scafell and Helvellyn, there are numerous walks for everyone.
There are many pubs in the area which offer fine ales and most serve some nice meals.
Such as the Dog & Gun on the Lake road, Oddfellows Arms and Ye Old Golden Lion which are both on the Main street. There are several more but these are the ones I have recently visited and they are friendly.
WHAT TO DO THERE....
You can visit the many sites in and around the centre, such as 'Cars of the stars Motor Museum', 'Cumberland Pencil Museum' and the 'Museum and Art gallery'.
Then there is Castlerigg stone circle, a miniature version of Stonehenge, which is a short drive out of the village.
On the lake side, which host another good size pay and display car park, there is the Theatre by the Lake.
With parks for the children there is something for everyone.
And if you fancy a boat trip around Derwentwater then the cruiser runs regularly during the season.
And with Honister slate mine being a few miles down the B5289 through Borrowdale there is more to see and do.
Apart from the hotels and guest houses there are many caravan/camp sites in and around Keswick. Such as Castlerigg Hall Caravan And Camping Park over looking Derwentwater.
The prices at each caravan/campsite vary from site to sites, but all sites have excellent facilities including toilets, showers and washer/dryers. (Very 21st century camping).
Keswick is a place for everyone as it has the ability to please all, from relaxing around the many parks or even the lakeside to hiking up the many fells with your house strapped to your back.
At the end of the day you can soon relax in one of the local pubs for a great evening with the very friendly locals.
In my opinion, Keswick is worth the visit but plan for the day as there is a lot to see and take in....
Oh, and on my last visit there I was amazed by the busker playing just outside the tunnel leading under the road towards the lakeside, he sounded brilliant, almost professional....just thought I'd mention it, see if he's still playing to the crowd?
Summary: a great place to spend your time