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April 30, 2006
Keswick’s weekly market stalls are assembled around the Moot House, a fine example of a old indoor market hall, and its single handled clock face proves a novel attraction for tourists. Around this popular area are plenty of restaurants, tea rooms, and quaint pubs all serving good quality food. Delightful real ale is served in most of the Lakeland pubs, and the added bonus in many of Keswick’s was live music performed by talented local folk musicians.Keswick is a pretty and colourful town, especially in Spring and Summer when the flowers are in full bloom and are spectacularly set off against the verdant lawns. And it’s perfectly placed for touring around the picturesque and more remote small villages of the Lake District. Castlerigg, idyllically sited on a hill, gave us a superb panorama of the surrounding hill. As we wandered around Cumbria’s answer to Stonehenge, it was hard not to imagine the scene several centuries ago when perhaps druids assembled here for the summer solstice. It has a sort of spiritual feel to it, if you can be there without hoards of other tourists Not far away is the Bowder Stone, a 2000-ton rock measuring over 30 feet high, 50 feet across, and a full 90 feet in circumference. This is not stone from the locality, and it was clearly deposited there by the mighty glaciers of the Ice Age. Surprisingly, there are no myths as to how or indeed why it was placed in the Lake District despite its name being linked to Balder, the son of the Norse God, Odin. Nowadays, this most famous phenomenon of the Lake District has a wooden staircase, enabling tourists to clamber to the summit for the obligatory "photo-call." Others stand nervously at a distance, amazed at how this gigantic pebble continues to precariously balance without toppling over. Of course, many others just can’t resist a photograph of themselves preventing the Bowder from falling. My son was no exception!
From journal A Dip in the Lake District
by Julie Hood
Galveston, Texas, Texas
August 2, 2000
From journal KESWICK-EXPLORE THE LAKE DISTRICT