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Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, Derwentwater unfolds as a mesmerising tapestry of shimmering waters, verdant shores, and towering fells. Known as the "Queen of the Lakes," this captivating expanse beckons with its serene beauty, rich history, and tales of hermits and legendary creatures. Dive into its enchanting allure.

Visitor Information: Derwentwater

  • Derwentwater

    Derwentwater, often referred to as the “Queen of the Lakes,” graces the northern part of the Lake District National Park in England. This shimmering expanse, spanning approximately 3 square miles, is framed by lush woodlands and craggy fells, reflecting the dramatic Skiddaw mountain range in its tranquil waters.

    Visitors are drawn to its scenic beauty, whether they’re taking leisurely boat rides across its serene surface, strolling along its picturesque shores, or seeking panoramic vistas from surprise viewpoints like Friar’s Crag.

    The lake has also inspired many, from poets to painters, with its ever-changing moods and colours. Keswick, a charming market town on its northeastern shore, serves as a gateway to this natural wonder. Derwentwater’s blend of tranquillity and grandeur makes it a quintessential Lake District experience.

    Did you know?

    Derwentwater has a unique collection of four islands, one of which, St. Herbert’s Island, is named after a hermit who lived there during the 7th century. Legend has it that all the islands’ rabbits would come to the shore to pay their respects to St. Herbert on the anniversary of his death.

  • Highlights
    Not to be missed when visiting

    Boat Cruises: Embark on a traditional wooden launch or rowing boat to experience the lake’s beauty from the water.

    Friar’s Crag: A renowned viewpoint, offering breath-taking panoramas of the lake set against the backdrop of Skiddaw mountain range.

    Island Exploration: Discover the lake’s four islands, including St. Herbert’s Island with its rich legends and tales.

    Keswick: This vibrant market town, located on Derwentwater’s edge, boasts quaint shops, eateries, and the Cumberland Pencil Museum.

    Lakeside Walks: Enjoy scenic trails around the lake, perfect for casual strolls or more challenging hikes.

    Theatre by the Lake: Experience culture amidst nature with performances in this unique venue set against the lake’s scenic views.

    Water Sports: From kayaking to paddle boarding, immerse yourself in various water activities available on the lake.

    Castlerigg Stone Circle: Just a short distance away, explore this ancient and atmospheric stone circle, offering panoramic views of the surrounding fells.

    Wildlife Watching: Spot diverse bird species, otters, and more in and around the lake’s pristine waters.

    Sunset Views: Witness the dramatic play of colours as the sun sets over Derwentwater, painting the sky and waters in golden hues.


  • How large is Derwentwater?

    Derwentwater spans approximately 3 square miles, making it one of the largest lakes in the Lake District.

  • Is there a boat service on the lake?

    Yes, Derwentwater Launches offers regular boat cruises around the lake, allowing visitors to hop on and off at various jetties.

  • Can I engage in water sports on Derwentwater?

    Absolutely! There are facilities for activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding.

  • Is it safe to swim in the lake?

    Yes, swimming is allowed, but always be cautious, especially if unfamiliar with open water swimming. It’s advisable to stick to designated swimming areas.

  • Where can I stay near Derwentwater?

    Keswick, located on the lake’s north eastern shore, offers a range of accommodations, from hotels to bed and breakfasts.

  • How many islands are in Derwentwater?

    Derwentwater boasts four islands, with St. Herbert’s Island being the largest and most famous due to its historical significance.

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