A visit to Keswick

This is yesterday’s post today.  I didn’t get home until nearly midnight last night and I had many pictures to look through this morning.  The result is a post with too many pictures but I have tried to keep the commentary to a minimum to spare those long suffering souls who politely read to the very end of posts.

I had received a very kind invitation from an old friend to have a meal in Keswick and then go to see a performance of As You Like It at the Theatre by the Lake.  I was happy in three ways as I hadn’t seen the friend for a couple of years, I like a bit of Shakespeare and it is always a treat to visit the Lake District.

A check on the weather forecast revealed that there might be some dry weather about so after a long talk to BT customer services about why their WiFi app wouldn’t work on my phone and a quick quick look at the garden….

cornflower, honeysuckle and poppy

…I set off south at midday.

The drive was uneventful and I caught my first glimpse of the Lake District’s hills when I could see Blencathra as I drove down the A66.

Blencathra

The traffic wasn’t as heavy as I feared for a Saturday in August and I soon drove through Keswick and parked by the side of Derwent Water.

Derwent Water

It looks very peaceful in that shot but I was far from the only person enjoying the views and the lake.

Derwent Water

Other means of transport were available.

Derwent water

There was plenty of water in the lake.

Derwent water

I had driven through a heavy shower on my way and the weather couldn’t quite make up its mind to be a fine day but there were several sunny spells and no more rain as I walked about.

I walked along the waterside first and looked about.

Derwent water
Derwent Isle

It is hard to stop taking pictures when you are in the Lake District. I went as far as Friars Crag.

Derwent Water
A neatly accommodated tree
Derwent Water
The view across the lake
Derwent Water
They love a literary connection in the Lakes if they can find one
Derwent Water
A view from the Crag
Derwent Water
Looking down to the bottom of the lake from the crag.  It was rather gloomy down there.
Derwent Water
A sheep.  They are mostly responsible for the bare hills round the lake. Some see them as preservers of the landscape, others as vandals responsible for a eco wilderness.  Take your pick.

I wasn’t wandering lonely as a cloud.

Derwent Water
Customers for the next boat tour of the lake

I had made a sandwich for lunch before I left home but as I had left it at home, I had lunch in a cafe near the lake instead and then walked through Hope Park….

Hope Park Keswick
It has a nice mixture of free…..
Hope Park Keswick
…and formal planting

…and into the town of Keswick.

It is a tourist hotspot and in spite of all the lovely hills waiting to be tramped over, the streets were crammed with visitors.

Keswick
There was a market in the centre of town..
Keswick
…and many other temptations for tourists

I crossed the River Greta on a fine iron bridge….

Greta Bridge

…and headed for the hills behind the town, crossing the park and cricket ground on my way.

Keswick
Skiddaw, a 3000ft peak looms over the town
Keswick
I walked up a back road through through woods and fields
Keswick
A lull in the traffic on the main road between visitors coming and going
Keswick
I got high enough for a good view back over the town
Keswick
The view away from the lake was also very beautiful
Keswick
Clouds sped across the sky
Keswick
Half farmhouse and half castle
Keswick
I think that this is the wonderfully named hill, Catbells
Keswick
The downside of being a popular walking destination – eroded tracks. I can count about 18 people on that path.

I walked back through the town and Hope Park.

Keswick
A typical slate building, now a guest house of course
Keswick
The slates come in smooth and rough
Keswick
I thought the pencil museum might be too exciting for me so I passed it by
Keswick
Lovely planting in the Park garden

I had time for a last look at the lake….

Derwent water

…in the sun.   Behind me, Blencathra….

Blencathra

…and Skiddaw looked most inviting.

Skiddaw

A well worn track led to the summit….

skiddaw

I took part in the Skiddaw Fell race in my younger days but we didn’t use that track.  It was memorable for the horrendous blisters I got from running back down the hill on a stony path.

It was time now to cease from contemplating the beauties of nature and turn to the pleasures of fine dining, interesting conversation and high culture.  They were all very good too so this was definitely a day firmly inked in on the credit side of the great ledger of life.

The flying bird of the day is a very haughty ram which was taking part in a sheep demonstration near the lake.

ram

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “A visit to Keswick

  1. What a lovely day! I’m just a bit concerned about that tour boat though – looks like rust-bucket to me, and very low in the water…

  2. The entire area screams take a photo, both outside of town and within! I’m not sure if I’d be able to limit myself to one day there if it’s half as picturesque as it looks in your photos.

  3. The Lake District looks very beautiful, and well-traveled. There are some areas over here best seen off-season if they are to be enjoyed without too many tourists, although I do not know how bad the Lake District weather can get.

  4. So beautiful brings tears to me eyes. Love the name Catbell! I believe my friend Lorna is the one who told me she did visit the pencil museum and found it surprisingly scintillating.

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