Keswick Live Advent – we came second!

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in the Keswick Live Advent Window 2018.

Everyday in advent a different window was ‘revealed’ and it was our turn on December 6th.

Grace from the shop did an amazingly creative job and made an Angel that looked like a stain glass window. It looked stunning and we received lots of lovely comments about it – especially when it was dark and lit up at night.

Keswick Tourism Association has announced that our window came second! George Fishers came first.

Our Keswick Live Advent Window

In Keswick with Alexandra’s of Keswick

We are fortunate enough to work in a beautiful place, Keswick, Cumbria or the Lake District.  The Lake District has now been given Unesco World Heritage Status, and Keswick is where the plaque will be situated.  We spend a lot of time on these blogs telling you about the beautiful clothes that we stock. In this blog each one of us has decided to tell you about some of the beautiful places in Keswick.  You are inspired to look at our webpage and blog for clothes but we hope the views and places that we are about to show you will encourage you to visit this stunning part of the world.

Alexandra –  My favourite walk is simply around Derwentwater,  I particularly like going round the lake after work on a Summer’s evening and taking my picnic tea.  It takes under 3 hours and the scenery is amazing.    The views constantly change and  every time you spot something different – it really does re-energize you. It has everything you could want in a walk, woodland, bridges, mountains and the beautiful bays.  Being part of the National Trust in places there are reminders of their link to this area with wooden hands and stone commemorative plaques.    Perhaps another reason I like the walk is that there are a few cafes you can stop off at with Nichol End Marina being my particular favourite.

Amanda –  To blow the cobwebs away a brisk walk up Latrigg usually does the trick!  Latrigg, just under 1000 feet high, is easily accessible from town.  However, as soon as you cross the A66 the noise of Keswick drifts away.  Some mad people run up it but I know that our dog (Ron) would never be able to cope with that – which is my excuse for walking!!  Once at the top there is a handy bench to sit on and admire the views of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, with brilliant views down the Borrowdale Valley. A great circular walk coming down the back of Latrigg and along the Brundlehow Road overlooking the River Gretaand following this back into town and perhaps finish off with a well deserved coffee in Fitz Park.

Grace –  A childhood favourite of mine, and now of my family, is the Stone Circle.  Situated just outside Keswick, it stands on a flat area of land at the top of a fell and consists of 38 standing stones in a circle with a further 10 making a rectangle within it.  This is a really atmospheric place and has great views of Blencathra, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and High Seat.  Built over 3000 years ago, no one is sure for what reason,  whether it was for religious reasons or just a market place  it doesn’t stop people visiting it every day of the year.  It now belongs to the National Trust and was bought by Canon Rawnsley and other founders of the National Trust in 1913.  If you are lucky there may even be an ice cream van up there!

Melissa‘I am, basically, a lazy person so I have chosen Friar’s Crag as my place to visit in Keswick.  It is an easy walk from my home.  There aren’t any hills to negotiate and there are plenty of coffee shops and ice cream stalls on the way to this peaceful and stunning location.  Even better, there is a good solid wheelchair friendly path to the Crag.  Not quite at the top of Derwentwater, but near enough, to give an uncluttered view down the Water, with views of Catbells on the right and Walla Crag to the left with Castle Crag in the distance.  There is nothing better than being out on a crisp Winter’s morning to view Catbells rising above Derwent with a collar of mist surrounding it.  It doesn’t matter how many times you walk to this point there is always a different angle, view or scene to experience.  If this looks familiar, this setting was used in the new Star Wars Film – ‘The Force Awakens’.

We hope this has awakened your interest in the Lakes and we hope that we might see you soon in one of our favourite places!