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Derwentwater, Portinscale

Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
One glance at Derwentwater is all you'll need to realize why this "Queen of Lakes" inspires so many romantic poets and artists. Towering crags and the majestic woods of the Lake District National Park surround this 6.4 km (4 mi) long, 1.6 km (1 mi) wide lake. Abundant wildlife, diverse flora, and truly spectacular views of all four islands await you as you hike along the 16 km (10 mile) footpath. The lake's two marinas offer guided cruises to explore the islands, but if you prefer to venture out on your own, you can rent a motorboat, canoe, kayak, or rowboat. The two larger islands are St. Herbert's, which offers comfortable places to picnic, and Derwent Isle, which has a 16th-century house that you can explore. Mountaineering and watersports, such as sailing and windsurfing, are available for the adventurous traveler. Fishing is also favorite pastime; you can purchase a fishing permit and rod license from the Keswick Information Centre. Make Derwentwater a centerpiece of your Portinscale vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Portinscale online tour itinerary planner.
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  • We were in Keswick for two days and in that time we sat next to this beautiful lake and absorbed the views, took a rowing boat out for an hour or so, used the launch shuttle to Hawse End to go up...  more »
  • The Queen of the lakes! The most beautiful if them all .Sit at Friars Crag and gaze out across Cat Bells and the jaws of Borrowdale in the evening when most of the visitors have gone there is nothing....  more »
  • Beautiful walk round this place with the wife... Can't wait to revisit this place in August.. might even bring the kids :)  more »
  • In my restless dreams, I see that town...
  • Lovely walk from Keswick along the side of the lake to Centenary Stones. Good pathways and some well placed benches to sit and stare at the beautiful views.
  • Another gem in the lake district. A lovely 10 mile trek around a gorgeous lake...
  • Lovely walks and views.
  • Make sure you arrive early to get a parking place, a nice lake to paddle on though, has a collection of small and interesting towns.

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