Keswick is a historic market town in the northern Lake District. With a population of around 5000 (according to Wikipedia) and its diversity of shops and facilities, it is considered the capital of this area.

Keswick and Derwent Water

View of Keswick and Derwent Water. Photograph by Ann Bowker

It is located within the picturesque Vale of Keswick, a flat area of land surrounded by fells and lakes. To the north is the mountain of Skiddaw which stands at an impressive 3,054 feet (931 meters). To the south is Derwent Water and the Borrowdale Valley. To the east is the top end of the Helvellyn range, and west are Wainwright’s North-western fells along with Whinlatter Mountain Forrest. Lying between the North-western fells and Skiddaw is the lake of Bassenthwaite.

Vale of Keswick

The Vale of Keswick taken from the summit of Cat Bells. Photograph by Ann Bowker

In the centre of Keswick itself, is the pedestrianised market square with its Moot Hall, now the Tourist Information Centre. Keswick market dates back to 1276 and there is still market there every Saturday . In fact the name Keswick actually means ‘cheese market’.

Other places of interest in the town and surrounding area include the Keswick Pencil Museum, the Theatre by the Lake, and the ferry landings on the shore of Derwent Water. Keswick also has the River Greta running through the town, and there are walks to the nearby Latrigg which has great views across Keswick and the surrounding countryside.