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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. 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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  • Me and my wife did the complete 10 mile walk and it is absolutely beautiful. We aren't the fittest people but managed to get around in about 6 hours. Had lunch in Keswick at about the half way stage. ...  more »
  • Visited on a rainy day so it was a bit messy. Overall location was nice and have nice picturesque views if you wanna click some snaps.  more »
  • Derwentwater is a must for any keen walker/photographer etc. Had an amazing walk around the lake taking all the breathtaking scenery and wildlife.  more »
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  • really beautiful and serene lake. go to the end of the pier to get some nice photos. close by is a parking lot where you can walk up a little to get a better view up hill over the lake.
  • Beautiful scenery in all weathers. Definitely a place to visit. We stayed in Carlisle and took a local bus, very enjoyable.
  • Love this lake its so peaceful and tranquil you can't get better
  • One of the most photographed picturesque landscapes in Great Britain. During high season it can be bustling with tourists, but in low season you could be the only one there. Derwent Water looks different with the changes of the seasons & the weather. Take a guided trip out on one of the boats and learn its amazing history from one of the guides. Champagne evening cruises are very special, if you get the opportunity.
  • Perfect area for a walking holiday. Good climbing in the area. Good accommodation and facilities.

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