Seathwaite, which is a small farming hamlet, is situated approximately thirteen kilometres south west of Keswick in Cumbria (not to be confused with Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley).
This is a popular area for walkers as it is close to Great Gable, Scafell Pike and Brandreth. Seathwaite is also well known for the first discovery of black lead, which today is known as graphite, on Seathwaite Fell Mountain around 1500AD.
Tradition has it that the graphite was first discovered when an old ash tree was blown over in a storm and lumps of the mineral were found in it’s roots. The history of graphite can be found at the Cumberland Pencil Museum, which is situated in the grounds of the Cumberland Pencil Company in Keswick.