Keswick is the main town in the northern area of the Lake District
and is situated at the top end of Derwent Water, lying on
the south side of the main road A66 from the M6.
The River Greta passes through Keswick to meet the River
Derwent which links with Bassenthwaite Lake further north
and Derwent Water with its wooded islands.
Keswick was once a small wool-market town. The town began
to grow and prosper in the 16th Century with the mining
industry. Graphite was mined in Borrowdale,
close by, which also resulted in a pencil factory which
is known as the Cumberland
Pencil Museum. Pencils are still made here but with