Keswick is situated in Cumbria near the Lake District. The fourth highest mountain in England, Skiddaw, casts its shadow over Keswick. There are also many surrounding hills as well. Keswick is popular with walkers and as a result there is numerous outdoor equipment shops scattered throughout the city to supply the needs of the many tourists who arrive to walk the hills and soak up the natural beauty in the immediate area. Visitors will also find numerous pubs, restaurants, cafes and other shops in Keswick as well. There are also several other attractions situated throughout the town of Keswick as well.
Keswick is a bustling town at the northern end of Derwent Water in the Lake District. It is also close to Bassenthwaite Lake, which is a four mile long lake at the foot of Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England.
Keswick became a market town in 1276 and it still holds a market each week in the middle of the town. The focal point for the market is the Moot Hall and you can get tourist information from the office within the building. Keswick was the first place to produce graphite pencils and although pencils are no longer produced in the town, you can still visit the Cumberland Pencil Museum and see for yourself the world's largest pencil.
The town is popular with tourists all year round and provides a good base to explore the northern part of the Lake District. Many of the local shops cater for those who enjoy exploring the surrounding hillsides.
Keswick is also home to an annual film festival as well as festivals that focus on jazz and beer. The beer festival is run by the local rugby club and you can listen to live bands whilst sampling some of the two hundred real ales that are on offer. In May of each year, the town is the start and end point for the annual half marathon which loops across to Borrowdale and then goes around Derwent Water. During the summer the town is host to the three week Keswick Convention, a Christian gathering that has been running annually since 1875.
To the south of the town, Derwentwater is one of the lakes that make up the Lake District. It is very picturesque and you can explore it on the regular passenger launch that goes around the lake. This makes for a useful way to start and end a walking exploration of the surrounding hills or just admiring the scenery.