Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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Now the National Park authorities have built a walkway on the west side, you can walk right round Derwentwater. The ferries go all the way round and you can hop on and off, but our walking group start... read more »
Starting at the boat landing, with the opportunity to watch the flock of geese at the waters edge, follow the lake shore (on the left), to a 'look out promontory ', (there is seating to enable you to ... read more »
We parked in the car park by the theatre and took a round the lake trip in one of the launches. Some nice walks in the area and the launches provide a good way to get to them. We did find the car park... read more »
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