Derwentwater, Lake District
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Derwentwater is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District National Park in north west England. It lies wholly within the Borough of Allerdale, in the county of Cumbria.The lake occupies part of Borrowdale and lies immediately south of the town of Keswick. It is both fed and drained by the River Derwent. It measures approximately 3mi long by 1mi wide and is some 72ft deep. There are several islands within the lake, one of which is inhabited. Derwent Island House, an 18th-century residence, is a tenanted National Trust property open to the public on five days each year.Derwentwater is a place of considerable scenic value. It is surrounded by hills, and many of the slopes facing Derwentwater are extensively wooded. A regular passenger launch operates on the lake, taking passengers between various landing stages. There are seven lakeside marinas, the most popular stops being: Keswick, Portinscale and the Lodore Falls, from which boats may be hired. Recreational walking is a major tourist activity in the area and an extensive network of footpaths exists within the hills and woods surrounding the lake.The Keswick—Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and carries a regular bus service. There is a lesser, or unclassified, road along the western shore connecting the villages of Grange and Portinscale.Add Derwentwater and other attractions to your Keswick trip itinerary using our Keswick vacation generator.
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We caught the 12.00 launch from Keswick to Hawse End (which is about 3/4 of the way around the lake by boat). The drizzly rain meant that we could not see too far but on the odd occasion the weather c... read more »
We stayed within a five minute walk from this piece of heaven for three nights. Took the boat tour,(highly recommended) saw a play at the Theatre (right on the lake) and hiked as far as we could. We t... read more »
Great for kids and adults alike. This lake is so flexible for walking around as you can use the launch or bus to make this as long or short as you like. You also have many options for food and drink o... read more »
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