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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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  • Peaceful and well laid out trail plenty of seating along the way to take in the views. A ferry that up can take if you cant make it all the way around which is lovely to take in the views from the mid...  more »
  • Stunning serene and peaceful Not as crowded as the other lakes Highly recommended Check out chalet tea rooms  more »
  • Lovely and beautiful lake with a nice short walk as well, nothing too steep or difficult. (Just a bit cold in feb, may be better when it's spring summer time) There are loads of mandarin ducks and wil...  more »