To the point

The town’s Cumberland Pencil Company was established after the discovery of graphite in Borrowdale in the 16th century. However, the town was granted its charter some 300 years before that by Edward I in 1276. Visitors started to flock in during the 18th century and Victorian times. Many of them were literary pilgrims, attracted by the association with such Romantic poets as Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth. John Ruskin, the aesthete and champion of the Pre-Raphaelites, had close associations Centre (Hire/Servicing) with the town. The population of the place has grown little in the past century. In 1902 there were 4,500 people; now there are just 500 more, but many of them – as you will note if you choose to stop over – are B&B owners. The place also has many good pubs and solid restaurants.

Cycle Shops

Keswick Moutain Bike, Unit 1, Daleston Court, Southey Hill, Keswick 01768 775202

Keswick Riding & Cycle Hire Centre, hire & minor spares/repairs.

Places of Interest

The Cumberland Pencil Museum, West of the town centre. 017687 73626

Cars of the Stars, this is a pre-Carbon Footprint establishment. Famous cars including a James Bondmobile, the Batmobile and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 017687 73757

The Keswick Launch Company, tours on the lake, on the shore of Derwentwater. 017687 72263.

George Fisher, big stock of outdoor gear, books and maps. Borrowdale Rd. 017687 72178

Cotswold Outdoor Ltd, as above. 017687 81939

The Moot Hall, Tourist Information Centre. 017687 72645

Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside. Open all year round. Restaurant. Beautiful setting. 017687 74411

Alhambra Cinema, St.Johns St. 017687 72195

Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, interesting and eclectic collection 017687 72263

Castlerigg Stone Circle, thought to date from 3000 B.C.

Steep climb out of town on the alternative Penrith Rd route. Worth detour.