Derwentwater Travel Guide

  • Derwentwater Boat Landings
    Derwentwater Boat Landings
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  • Lake Road Tavern, Keswick
    Lake Road Tavern, Keswick
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  • Keswick At Dusk
    Keswick At Dusk
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Derwentwater Things to Do

  • Derwent Isle

    Derwent Isle is the island just beyond the landing stages at Keswick, though this view of it is taken from Crow Park. The Island is a strange place. It has been owned by The Church, The King, German Miners and a rich family. These days it's owned by the National Trust and on it is a house. You can pay to live in this house as a tennant, though this...

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  • Stone Circle

    OK, so it's not Stonehange, but Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, is impressive for its location more than its scale. The views of the surrounding hills are fantastic and the circle does have a kind of "mystic" feel about it, especially in early evening.The circle is from about 3000BC.

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  • Jennings Pubs

    jennings is the beer of Cumbria and is brewed just a few miles from Derwentwater at Cockermouth. Their beers are very much in the traditional English style and they do some seasonal speciality beers as well as their "standard" range. Their beers are probably my favourites of all English beers and so Derwentwater, and especially Keswick, is a great...

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  • Keswick

    Keswick is the main town Derwentwater, in fact it's the main town in this part of Lakeland, and my favourite town in the whole of the lakes.It has an attractive town centre; several nice parks; pubs, restaurants and hotels; campsites; transport links; mueums; and great walks, straight out of the town.Like most lakeland towns it can get very busy in...

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  • Hope Park

    More your "standard" English park, this one has flower gardens, a stream with bridges, more formal gardens with benches (popular for fish & chip picnics - the smell of vinegar can cover the smell of the flowers at some times), crazy golf, pitch & put, ice cream stalls...It's a lovely little park, and you'd walk through it on the way from keswick...

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  • Crow Park Again

    The other good thing about Crow Park, apart from the views and the light at dusk, is that it's huge, and there's loads of room to run around. This is especially important when you've got kids with you. They can go mad, and there's no mountain to fall of and no (deep) lake to fall into (it slopes really gently here). And of course the aforementioned...

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  • Crow Park

    Crow Park is actually more of a field than a park. In fact sheep & cows graze in here for the most part. It's a big grassy bank that slopes gently down towards the lake, quite near to the Keswick boat landings.It's a superb place to go and wait for the sun to go down. The light on the hills is magical, especially past the other end of the lake, on...

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  • Crosthwaite Church

    Crosthwaite is on the edge of Keswick, you'd pass by it as you walk from Keswick to Portinscale.Canon Rawnsley, the founder of the National Trust and Robert Southey the Poet Laureate are both buried in the churchyard, along with some other prominent people.The church is quite pretty, in a "solid" sort of way, and is nicely set against the backdrop...

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  • Portinscale

    There's not a great deal at Portinscale; there's a pub, a cafe, a "cute" suspension bridge over the river and some hotels. For us the best thing in Portinscale is one of these hotels, The Derwentwater. We've stayed there a few times in their self catering apartments which are *very* comfortable and especially cosy in the wintertime.The hotel is...

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  • Stockley Bridge & Sty Head Pass

    One of my favourite places in lakeland is Wasdale. You can get there from Borrowdale (=Derwentwater) either by driving "the long way round", via Ennerdale Bridge, which is about 40 miles; driving "the scary way" via the hardnott & wrynose passes, which is just as long and a lot more daunting; or you can walk over Sty Head Pass. This for me is...

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  • Sty Head Pass

    It's a bit of a crossroads at the top of Sty Head Pass. Not only is it the main route from Borrowdale to Wasdale, but it's also the route from Langdale to Ennerdale. There's two tarns at the top too, Styhead Tarn & Sprinkling Tarn, nice places for a picnic.This pic of me was take soooo long ago!

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  • Watendlath to Rosthwaite

    This is on the path from Watendlath tarn to Rosthwaite. The path climbs quite steeply up from the tarn before cresting the hill and heading back down into Rosthwaite. That's quite a descent and there are quite a few stone steps. It's not awfully easy on the knees if you have knees like mine (cute but weak). At Rosthswaite there's a pub/hotel and a...

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  • Watendlath

    Watendlath is an almost perfect example of an isolated hamlet. The place is now administered by the National Trust and there's always a warden up there in his Land Rover encouraging you to join the Trust.There's a few farm buildings, one of which doubles as a cafe - with lovely Rock Cakes & Scones.The book Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole was based...

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  • Surprise View

    Further uphill from Ashness Bridge you come to "Surprise View". This is a viewpoint named in Victorian times because quite simply the view from here is quite a surprise. From a gap in the trees you suddenly get the most wonderful views of the whole of Derwentwater and beyond to Bassenthwaite.

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  • Ashness Bridge

    High in the hills above Derwetwater is the hamlet of Watendlath. The walk up to Watendlath and back is one of our favourites. You begin by going up the steep road from the lakeshore until you reach Ashness Bridge. This is a nice little picnic spot by a gushing stream, with great views back down to Derwentwater.It's amusing to watch big cars...

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  • Grange

    Grange is a small village at the other end of the lake from Keswick. It's a handy spot because there are a couple of cafes here and some toilets, both of which you may be in need of if you're on a long walk.The village is on the river Derwent which is spanned by a nice double-arch bridge.

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  • Friar's Crag

    Friar's Crag is along the lake from the boat landings, through the woods a bit. Eventually you come to a place where you're on a bit of a promentary overlooking the lake and across to Lord's Island, Cat Bells, Castle Crag and beyond. This is reputed to be "one of the finest views in Derwentwater".Here there is a seat, the most popular seat in all...

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  • Bay

    I prefer to walk on a little way (you have to go left before the seat) and get to the little bay beyond Friar's Crag. This gives you almost the same views, but with a lot more space. I've even swam in the lake at this point too, it's really nice. A lot of sheep graze in the fields behind, and even on the shore of the lake at times, to give that...

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Derwentwater Restaurants

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    by steventilly Updated Sep 11, 2003

    As with "nightlife" Keswick is the place to come for food around Derwentwater. Almost all of the pubs do food (of various quality & price), as do the main hotels and of course the individual restaurants & cafes in the town. There's something for almost every taste and
    I'll say more about Keswick's restaurant on my Keswick page.

    Favorite Dish: My favourite? Chips, Cheese Pie, Peas, Bread & Tea at The Old Keswickian. Simple, traditionally English food, always "spot on" and what I look forward to the whole time I'm over here.

    Old Keswickian, Keswick

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Derwentwater Nightlife

  • Keswick Pubs

    There are loads of pubs in Keswick. Quite a few of them belong to the local Jennings chain, and these are my favourites. The others are worth a look too though - most of Keswick's pubs are quite good and serve good beers and decent food. At busy times of the year, and especially Friday & Saturday night, they can get rather full, sometimes...

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  • A Touch Of Broadway

    The Theatre By The Lake is a nice place to go and see a production. usually the plays run in "seasons", 3, 4 or even 5 things running simultaneously and performed on certain days of certain weeks. You need to check ahead to make sure you can see what you wnat on the days you are there (use the website). There is also a smaller auditorium called...

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  • Keswick

    Keswick is easily the best place around Derwentwater for nightlife, though you could have a good night in a pub in some of the other villages. Keswick has loads of pubs and loads of eating places of all types. And I've probably been in every one of them several times, though of course I have my favourites. I'll do more about Keswick's nightlife on...

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Derwentwater Transportation

  • Boats

    Boats on Derwentwater are a bit more convenient than those on Ullswater. They're much more frequent and stop at many more places. From Keswick you can take a boat to any of about 8 landings around Derwentwater. Boats leave every 15 minutes or so and alternate between heading clockwise and anticlockwise around the lake. For those used to the boats...

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  • Bus Links

    There's quite a good bus service around Derwentwater. From Keswick there's a bus that goes down the length of Borrowdale to Seatoller, ones to Penrith, Workington, Cockermouth, Glenridding and Buttermere.On Sunday the National Trust run a bus up to Watendlath, which is good for those who can't manage the walk or who just want to get a...

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Derwentwater Warnings and Dangers

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    by steventilly Written Sep 5, 2003

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    Be careful with fire. Don't start any, even BBQ's, and don't drop cigarettes or matches. The summers lately have been very dry and fell fires can easily occur. This was was going on near Keswick as early as April this year, well before the summer heatwave kicked in.

    Smoke Over Water

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