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Derwentwater, Lake District

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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.
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  • I think it the most attractive of the lakes. The hills around frame it beautifully, any time of year. There is great walking around the lake, boat trips and some lovely places to stop for coffee or a ...  more »
  • This lake has astonishing views I highly recommend to come to see. Visited in February when tops of the mountains surrounding lake were covered under snow while the bottom was coloured with green, bro...  more »
  • What's not to like. A fully accessible lake, great walk around the circumference and a couple of nice places for lunch half way round. Great views of Catbells and the Skiddaw range. Friars Crag afford...  more »