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Keswick is a market town in the Lake District, on the edge of one of the areas largest lakes, Derwentwater.
The history of Keswick
Keswick is believed to have been first established as a settlement by Scandinavian Norsemen, perhaps as far back as the 10th century. The name of the town comes from 'Kesewic', a mixture of Old English and Norse understood to mean 'farm where cheese is made', though it is with the manufacture of pencils the area is most commonly associated.
The graphite used to make pencils locally may have been discovered by a shepherd in the nearby hamlet of Seathwaite in 1550. Graphite mining became one of Keswick's chief sources of income, taking over from the standard staples of the rural economy, wool, crops and leather.
What to do in Keswick
Capitalising on its most famous product, Keswick saw the opening of the Cumberland Pencil Museum in May 1981. Today it tells the fascinating story of the Cumberland Pencil Company, the story of pencil-making in the area and how the industry survives and thrives in the online era.
Another cultural highlight in the area is Theatre by the Lake, on the edge of Derwentwater at the outskirts of Keswick. The theatre was described by the Independent as "the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, and the company look to put on one brand new play per year in addition to traditional Christmas fare and a selection of festivals and one-off events.
One of the more unexpected treats in Keswick comes in the form of its Dinosaur and Raptor Experience. This indoor museum boasts life-sized dinosaur models, from the Deinonychus and Velociraptor and of course the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and promises a fun and educational visit for dino-fans of all ages.
Eating out in Keswick
There are plenty of culinary options dotted around the town. Morrels offers mouth-watering British dining just off the busy market square, and hearty pub food is available at both the Dog and Gun and The Pheasant Inn. At the Lake View Restaurant at the Lodore Falls Hotel you can enjoy the menu with a focus on local produce while admiring the spectacular views of Derwentwater.
Exploring the area
Deep within the Lake District it’s important to allow yourself plenty of time to experience the stunning surroundings. You could start with a trip out onto Derwentwater itself – cruises are offered by the Keswick Launch Company throughout the year from the north shore of the lake.
The lake is also an excellent starting point for walks of varying degrees of difficulty around the area. Wandering around the water to the famous Lodore waterfalls should take no more than a couple of hours, while the more adventurous may prefer to take in the finest views of the local area at the top of Catbells, one of the most popular fells in the Lake District.