Day 6 - Keswick Market Day 

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Lake District, the big picture look for Keswick

On Saturday, we made breakfast and then three of us walked into Keswick on Market Day, which occurs every Thursday and Saturday. My wife stayed back,  having a day off.   

KESWICK (with a silent w, it's pronounced "kesik") 

The walk from the rental house to the Market took about 15 minutes.  The stalls at the Market occupied R&L while I went on a wild goose chase for a 240V heating pad, which was not found. I also picked up some meds for sore throat. As a result I took almost no photos of the Market. 

The tourist info (TI) center at Moot Hall in the center of town has great walking maps, and I listened in as hikers were getting trail advice from the staff.   

I was amazed to see maybe 7 or 8 different outdoor clothing & equipment stores in Keswick, REI-like, testifying to the draw this region has for an international hiking crowd.  Guide books suggest that during the peak tourist season, May through July, the crowds both here, and in the Lake District in general, can at times be overwhelming. 

We could tell by experiencing completely uncrowded conditions, day after day, that we were nearly at the end of the tourist season.  My overall impression of Keswick was positive, because even in the fall, it seems like a thriving small town. 

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walking to town along River Greta Blue Heron   ped bridge
Pub near Keswick  Courthouse Market Day < Crosthwaite road & back home >

Once back at the rental house, I took a walk on a public footpath along the southern property line of the house, to see where it went. It was a pleasant but longer path to town, minimizing traffic exposure.  My intended destination was the Theatre by the Lake, on the west side of town, to get four tickets to a play a few nights hence.  The Theatre sits on the northeast corner of the local lake known as Derwent Water.      

' public footpath prevalent ground cover   someone else out walking, too
    our rental home is at the right A66, Keswick Bypass  
underneath crossing herdies   local high school
  good scenery here River Greta & mountains VW Caddy, see note 1
shortcut to Derwent Water the lake distant view of Castle Crag Keswick Boat Launch w/ 7 stops
    Theatre by the Lake walk back into town
Keswick scenery Skiddaw in the distance house on the main road see note 2

note 1 - the VW Caddy shown here was my original rental unit selected for four adults plus full-sized luggage from SIXT, at the Glasgow Airport.  Once we got there, the rental agent said the VW van is badly underpowered & not a good fit for four.  We were easily enticed 'for only a little more' into getting a way nicer car. In Keswick, six days later when I saw in person how small the VW Caddy is, I was really glad that we did not rent one.          

note 2 - this was the scenery taken on the roadside walk, across the street from our lodging, looking northeast to Skiddaw, with a summit of 3,100 ft.   

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