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1. Keswick And Derwentwater



This is the largest town in Lakeland and is the unrivalled centre for its Northern districts. It is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Greta, and is about half a mile from Lake Derwentwater. Keswick was once famous for its woollen trade, and more recently for its lead pencils; but perhaps it is most widely known to-day as the venue of a great annual religious convention, when, towards the end of July, people foregather here from all the ends of the earth and the town is filled to its utmost capacity. Derwentwater - "Queen of the Lakes" - is Keswick's chief asset, to which the town owes practically everything.

The lake is roughly three miles long by a mile across, with surface dotted with richly wooded islands and surrounded by a glorious amphitheatre of mountains, dominating which is England's highest peak, Scawfell Pike, seen on the left skyline of our illustration.