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Today is 20th October 2014.
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Wikishire is where you may find the best of Britain and Ireland.

Wikishire is where you are; whether you are on the Shetland islands or the South Shetland Islands, or the places between, Wikishire is a growing guide on all you need to know about the British and Irish lands.

Tell the world what you love about your home. Each shire, from Kent to Kerry is here, with ever-growing detail; if your town or village is not in Wikishire, or if something important is missed out, then log on, then -

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To begin, you can peruse the list of counties of the UK or Republic of Ireland, or even go directly to a random page! To accompany the encyclopædia we also have an interactive map of the counties of the British Isles.

This week's featured image is:

Keswick and Derwent Water from Castlerigg, Cumberland


Keswick is a market town in Cumberland, lying just north of Derwent Water, and a short distance from Bassenthwaite Lake, both in the Lake District National Park. It is a popular town for visitors, and the majority of Keswick's businesses are tourism-related, providing accommodation and facilities for the tens of thousands of people visiting the area each year.

In the centre of the town stands the Moot Hall, which acts as its focal point and the centre for the Saturday Market on the Market Square.

Keswick is in the mountainous area of Cumberland and several of the county's famous fells are close to the town, including the Skiddaw and Blencathra close by to the north and the northeast, and Helvellyn to the southeast. At the same time, some of the finest waters are hereabouts at the feet of the fells; Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake and Thirlmere a little southward. (Read more)

What is a wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative website with certain standard functions allowing easy editing of pages by anyone. At Wikishire, you may log on and start work right away.

Few things stay still for long, and here you can keep updating or improving the articles. A wiki is a constant work in progress.