Lake District magic

Keswick, Cumbria

Keswick, in England’s Lake District, has some of the most attractive landscape in the country; totally magical for walking, hiking and sailing.

Peaks such as Helvellyn, Blencathra and Scafell Pike draw hikers almost by the alluring sound of their romantic names. No wonder poets abound in this part of the country. Can you resist Skiddaw, Cat Bells and even Great End?

The literary landscape is rich with poets such as Coleridge, Robert Southey and of course William Wordsworth and other fine writers past and present. “I wandered lonely as a cloud…” was inspired by the “host of golden daffodils” seen by Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy on the shore of Ullswater.

And writers… Arthur Ransome and his brilliant Swallows and Amazon stories for young readers, Melvyn Bragg set many of his novels here, Richard Adams (‘Plague Dogs’) and John Wyatt, whose autobiography ‘The Shining Levels’ is set in the woodlands of the National Park.

Walking and wildlife might top the bill, but there are plenty of other outdoor and indoor things to do in and around Keswick:

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