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Derwentwater, Keswick
(4.9/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Such a peaceful little lake. A lot quieter than Windermere but still just as lovely. Will definitely recommend and will be going again next year. 
  • Start your walk from Moot Hall in the middle of Keswick. Walk pass the Dog and Gun pub and carry on until you get to Fiat sales garage. Turn right and walk down to Hope Park. The colours of Autumn lea...  more »
  • Derwentwater is my favourite of all the lakes in Cumbria. Surrounded by some of the most scenic landscapes in Keswick, it's a real treat. Walking around the lake can be a little tough, it has to be sa...  more »