Dive into Derwentwater

Dive into Derwentwater, Keswick's lake, and have a go at all the activities taking place on it, around it and of course, in it.

Derwentwater rivals anywhere in the world for its sheer stunning location and beauty. So, dive in, and have a holiday to remember.

Sail on it ............. hire a rowing boat, canoe, kayak, dragon boat, windsurfers - with two marinas and many water sport activity providers, the choice of watercraft is varied and fun.  Sail to one of the islands, explore and have a picnic. Have a real 'Swallows and Amazons' adventure.

Walk or Cycle round it .......... the walk around the lake is about eight miles long and you can follow the shore for much of the way. Stop for coffee and cake at one of the hotels and cafes you'll pass on the way.  Rest on one of the shingle beaches and simply watch the world go by. The bike ride is slightly longer as you need to head down the Borrowdale Valley as far as Grange, take a right over the beautiful humped back stone bridge and back via Portinscale.

Paddle in it ........... or feed the ducks or buy the kids a fishing net.  The lakeshore is just perfect for families.  Pack a picnic and have a memorable family day out.  Take the launch to your favourite bay - which will it be - Brandelhow or Manesty, or perhaps Calf Close Bay?

Ramble round it ............. with the Rambler Stagecoach buses.  From Keswick, travelling along the Borrowdale Road by the side of Derwentwater, visit our wonderful Borrowdale Valley and stop off at its attractions along the way - Honister Slate Mine, Whinlatter Forest with its Play Area, Cycle tracks and GoApe.  Take a break at Buttermere and enjoy an ice cream.

Stay by it.......Keswick is situated by the lake - just a short walk from town.  Quality accommodation from camping to cosy cottages, guest houses to luxury hotels.  Try a valley location for a change-peace and quiet a world away from city life!

Walk on the fells surrounding it ................... Derwentwater is surrounded by Skiddaw, Walla Crag, Catbells and the Jaws of Borrowdale.  Plenty of fellwalking to give you such a fabulous day out.  Explore the fells yourself, with map and compass in hand, or take a walk in the company of an experienced guide. 

Take a tour on it.................one of the best ways to get your bearings for Keswick and the surrounding area is to take a tour of the lake. Keswick Launch Company runs a regular service which take you clockwise or anticlockwise on a 50 minute tour of the lake. You can hop on and off at the six stops to explore the lakeshore and it's the easiest way to get to the foot of Catbells (481m). There's also a bus service that operates in a loop around the lake.

Do something new on it .........try a new activity - mountain biking; ghyll scrambling; high ropes; Via Ferrata; climbing - our hills ar alive with adventure!

Keswick the Lake District - there are plenty of events to keep you happy.  Keep up to date with what's on by checking out our What's On page.

Visit our museums, art galleries, Cinema and Theatre - plenty to do even if it rains!

Shopping in Keswick is also fun - get completely kitted out so you can adventure in style.

Check out keswick.org regularly to check for Special Offers - they'e available for accommodation, food, shopping, activities.

Sunset over Derwentwater

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