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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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  • It is possible to walk all the way round this lovely lake. There is the possibility of a stop at the Lodore Falls Hotel. Not half the way round but a good place for refreshments and loo stop. Once you...  more »
  • A very easily walked route direct rom Keswick via subway will take you along Derwentwater to an absolutely beautiful vista. There are Lots of spots to sit and take in the view as well as the quaint Ho...  more »
  • Great to walk around and feed the ducks. In the summer I can imagine there are plenty of activities to do on and around the water.  more »