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Keswick is an ancient market town in the north-west county of Cumbria, almost 300 miles from Beetley, and bordering Scotland. It is in the Lake District National Park, and nestles at one corner of the large lake called Derwent Water. Popular with walkers, hikers, climbers, and the boating fraternity, it has been a tourist destination for centuries, and the town still depends on tourism to this day.
We arrived there on the 8th, and collected the keys for our rented apartment just after 3 pm. It was a nice surprise to find late afternoon sun, in an area known for cloud and rain. The main thing I noticed was that it was significantly colder though. Only half the temperature it had been when we left Norfolk at 10 am. Antony knows the area well, and the location of the apartment he had booked was just perfect. At one end of the busy town centre and High Street, tucked away in a close, with a dedicated parking spot. It was also a short walk to Derwent Water, so once we had unpacked, we set off to explore, just as the sun began to set. Checking out the restaurants, shops, and amenities as we strolled through the town, with Ollie attending to all the lamp-posts and other obstructions as he let the many other dogs know he was around. We were soon at the edge of the lake, with the town just behind us.
As you can see, boat hire is popular. You can rent rowing boats, canoes, and kayaks, or if you prefer, take one of the water taxis or pleasure boats to different spots around the area. Just behind where I was standing to take this photo is the attractive Lakeside Theatre and restaurant, and the promenade area popular with less energetic walkers and some dog-owners.
Tired after a long day travelling, we retired to the outside terrace of the restaurant with Ollie, and enjoyed a glass of wine in the chilly evening. On the way back to the accommodation, we bought food to eat for dinner, and all the basics we would need to take packed lunches. Then it was an early night, ready for a full day out on Sunday.