Keswick - The Lake District.
Sunday Times readers vote Keswick number one in it's Rural Weekend Break survey.
In the midst of breathtaking scenery, Keswick and Borrowdale offer all the ingredients for a great holiday. If one area could be said to characterize the Lake District it surely must be Borrowdale. The whole valley is an area of stunning natural beauty, with crags & mountains, wooded fell-sides, tumbling streams and tranquil waters. What you see today has evolved over time - the legacy of man coming to terms with a remote mountainous region. The stone walls and farming hamlets, the coppiced woodland and quarry workings testament to his endeavours to tame such a wild landscape.
Sir Chris Bonnington describes Keswick :
"I'm always amazed by just how lovely this area is. It's the incredible range of scenery, of hills and crags and lakes; the subtlety of colour tones and textures; the amazing harmony between natural beauty and the work of man... ...There is nowhere more beautiful"
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Keswick; huddled beneath the massive bulk of Skiddaw is a compact town of neat grey stone buildings on the southern bank of the river Greta. Built on the alluvial plain between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake it is one of the area's busiest and most vibrant locations. The town's pubs and outdoor clothing shops surround the Moot Hall, a distinctive building in the central square which now accommodates the Tourist Information Centre.
Whether you want to explore the lakes and fells, discover the history of the region, or just sit back and enjoy the wealth of art and culture that the Lake District has to offer, Keswick has something for everyone.
When the weather is bad and you're forced inside, the town comes into its own. Boasting a brand-new Theatre By The Lake, offering an eclectic mix of drama, music, dance and film, the world-famous pencil museum, Keswick museum and art gallery. Keswick provides history and culture for the whole family.
Borrowdale: Truly stupendous scenery - a Shangri La of tranquillity beyond the normal frantic pace of modern life. Annual Fell-races and Shepherds Meets continue local cultural traditions. With school, church and pub; the focal points of local life remain & retain the threads of a cherished rural community.
Rosthwaite: The pretty and principle hamlet in the upper Borrowdale Valley is surrounded by craggy and colourful fells, mantled on their lower slopes by mixed oak woodlands. The village stands at the centre of the flat valley floor, between Stonethwaite and Derwent becks.
So attractive is the area that HRH Prince Charles chose to stay here to encourage tourists back to The Lake District after the disaster of Foot & Mouth.
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