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 Portinscale vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Portinscale online tour itinerary planner.
Our reception was disorganised with hostess babysitting. At breakfast we felt a bit unwelcome. although food was fine when we got it despite no menu. Room ok
Our reception was disorganised with hostess babysitting. At breakfast we felt a bit unwelcome. although food was fine when we got it despite no menu. Room ok more »
Even though launches were not on and pathways full of frost and ice, it was plain to see the attraction for a re-visit in the summer.
Even though launches were not on and pathways full of frost and ice, it was plain to see the attraction for a re-visit in the summer. more »
Definitely worth a walk, it's even possible to catch a boat and walk different areas of the lake. The views are spectacular and change all year round. There is a good path from Keswick to Friars Crag that is suitable for wheel chair access.
A really beautiful place to walk. It's about 10 miles and takes about 4 to 6 hours to walk around, depending upon how many stops you make for refreshments. I high recommend St Mary's Mount for refreshments and tye Derwentwater Hotel.
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