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Derwentwater, Keswick
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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. To visit Derwentwater and get the most from your holiday in Keswick, create itinerary details personal to you using our Keswick vacation planner.
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  • Fabulous scenery - tremendous walks - very suitable for doggies!! Arbguably the best winter destination in the U.K. Good coffee shops & cafes near to the lake - we love the place and return year in, y...  more »
  • We circumnavigated the lake (by car) starting from Keswick and were treated to some spectacular views, particularly from the western side. Would be handy to have a lay-by or two to allow for photo opp...  more »
  • What ever time of the year we come it's always spectacular. It holds its own beauty and changes in minutes. Santa was on the boats which was lovely to see for the children. My one concern is the lack ...  more »