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Keswick & Derwentwater

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Keswick is a centuries-old market town on the shores of Lake Derwentwater, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. With its charming atmosphere, it's a perfect base for exploring the northern part of the Lake District.

The heart of the town is the lively Market Square, dominated by the old Moot Hall building, which now hosts the Tourist Information Centre, a good resource for information on attractions and hikes in the area.

Of course, a visit to Keswick would not be complete without a stroll to the lakeshore. From the town’s boat landings you can join one of the many cruises around Lake Derwentwater aboard the Keswick Launches. It is also possible to hire your own rowboat or motorboat.

Another popular point nearby is Friar‘s Crag, affording great views across the lake to the Cat Bells mountain. Here you can also find a memorial to poet John Ruskin, who once called Keswick a “place almost too beautiful to live in”.

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