Keswick is one of the larger towns in the mountains of the Lake District National Park which is in
northwestern England, in the west-central part of Great Britain. The landscape is green and
appealing, its gentle valleys a patchwork quilt of pastures, meadows and small woodlots stitched
together with stone walls, its steep-sided fells (hills) carpeted with heather, bracken and grass
with numerous talus slopes and rough rock outcrops higher up. The larger valleys host lakes with
stands of mature hardwoods among the meadows and marshes along their shores. The area is popular
with walkers the towns are full of B&B's and numerous trails link the villages, valleys and fells.
We spent two full days and a morning there in mid-June, hiking in the hills and staying in the
Pitcairn House bed and breakfast on Blencathra Street. I also went out birding briefly before
breakfast all three mornings. Our first
I just explored a church yard and public garden near Pitcairn House in the morning then the
boys and I hiked up Blencathra from Threlkeld via the sharp-edged ridge in the afternoon.
The second day
I walked down towards the
Walla Crags trailhead and back along Ambleside and Borrowdale roads and a trail across pastures and
a wooded hillside between the two roads. That afternoon Sarah, David and I drove up the Borrowdale
valley to Seathwaite and hiked up Styhead Pass via Graines Gill, then up Great Gable. On
our final day
Sarah and I walked down
past the public garden and across a sheep pasture to the lake. I continued along the shore to a
marshy area with a dense stand of willows, then returned to our B&B via the garden again.
Saw or heard 45 species altogether, including a couple that Susan saw or heard. The weather was fair,
with overcast on a couple of mornings but cumulus clouds and sunshine all three afternoons,
temperature ranging from 55-75F.