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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 Keswick vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Keswick online tour itinerary planner .
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  • August 21, 2017
    Fantastic place..lovely walking routes. Boat trips arount Derwent Lake. Town has lots of shops and bars..delightful trip..we will return in the future  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Go on, pull on your boots, walk before you eat and drink! Walk from Keswick around the East of the lake and get the launch back from Lodore Falls. You can also take in Ashness Bridge if you like, take...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Totally my favourite place in the lakes.it is ideal for long walks stunning views sailing and picnics. Perfect if your dog loves water there is also a lovely coffee shop on the lake  more »

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Cottages and B&Bs are scattered over the valley, and many offer views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. The town center's Victorian edifices often hide guestrooms that overlook the charming streets. Consider a B&B or inn with views of the hills close to the town center and enjoy the best of both worlds.
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