"Derwentwater" Derwentwater by steventilly

Derwentwater Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 30 photos

Queen Of The Lakes

Derwentwater is one of the most beautiful lakes in lakeland. For outright beauty maybe Ullswater beats it, and also for quietness, but for great views, nice walks and a great base from which to explore the northern lakes (Keswick) Derwentwater is hard to beat.
The lake is surrounded by some great walking country. Skiddaw and Blencathra lie just behind the town while Borrwodale and Coledale lie to either side of Derwentwater.
Because of these factors Keswick is the major tourist destination in the area and apparently has more B&B's and guest houses per head of population than anywhere else in the country!
The town has a good variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants and a good number of shops, although the camping/walking/climbing type of shops greatly outnumber the other shops in the town.
Keswick boasts a fantastic theatre "The Theatre By The Lake" (the successor to the rickety old assembly of portacabins that used to be called "The Blue Box Theatre") and a Cinema.
You'll find that there's a bit of overlap between this page and my Keswick page, that's unavoidable.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely Lake, Great Views, Great Walks, Great Base
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:My Favourite Weekend Destination
  • Last visit to Derwentwater: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Seems like there is so much to see in the Lake District. The more I read the more I add to our list. I'll have to remember that bay near Friar's Crag.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2004 at 3:03 AM

    This is the best of pages, this is the worst of pages. Actually, they're the only pages. Great work, I'm a fan (as you already know). Cheers.

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2004 at 1:08 PM

    A lovely page, some beautiful places featured here, makes you realise what a lovely country we live in.

  • 10eke's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2003 at 12:33 AM

    Beautiful pictures of this lovely place.

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2003 at 5:54 AM

    What a lovely place. I really want to visit it one day. Be prepared ;-)

  • B_Caro's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2003 at 7:01 AM

    Well, it does look nice .... Good to know there is a bus, in case you don't want to walk ....... :-ppppppp

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2003 at 8:21 AM

    one of my fav walks too..but not seen your knees to judge if they are cute :-PP and that was an OLD pic too! Nice additions to page

  • hayward68's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2003 at 3:40 PM

    I want to go back again, this time stay overnight! Btw, recognize your intro pic from Sue's page ;-)

  • Aug 26, 2003 at 12:05 PM

    argh beautiful memories.... we should have waited for the bench actually ;)


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