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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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  • Great walk around Derwentwater, beautiful views all around. There are several National Trust car parks which are free to members - we used the Great Wood Car Park at CA12 5UP. Put in Great Wood Car Pa...  more »
  • A picturesque lake with islands and contrasting fells surrounding it. Arriving from Keswick and walking past the theatre by the lake, there is a short promenade to Friars crag.;A destination that prov...  more »
  • We walked along to Friar's Crag and it was the most beautiful view I've ever seen in England! A very quick walk from the car park, and nice and easy. Stop and take in the view at the bench at the view...  more »