Derwent Water

Derwent is one of the largest bodies of water in the Lake District it takes up part of Borrowdale and is to the south of the town of Keswick. The Lake is both fed by and drains out into the River Derwent and is approximately three miles long. There are a number of islands within the lake and one of them is inhabited by a National Trust Property. There is a regular passenger launch on the Lake that drops passengers off at one of several landing stages and the most popular stops are Portinscale, Lodore Falls and Keswick. The area is known for its mines as well as its beauty. It is well worth taking the ninety minute round trip around the lake to fully appreciate the beauty of the area.

 

Art and Culture

 

The inhabited island in the middle of the lake is home to the eighteenth century Derwent Island House, which is open to the public five days a week. Take a stop off and visit the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, which was built at the end of the nineteenth century. The Lake District is also famous for making pencils and a visit to the pencil museum in Keswick is worth an afternoon you can see how the pencils were made and different types of lead and the wood that is used for pencils.

 

Attractions

 

The Keswick Mining Museum is a day out for the family and traces the history of mining in the area back to the middle of the sixteenth century. There are plenty of guided walks around the area where you can see the farming hamlets and the beautiful mountains and fells. If you feel like doing something different then the whole family will love Derwent Marina where you can engage in different types of water sports and go kayaking and canoeing.

 

Shopping

 

You can enjoy an afternoon’s shopping in Keswick or even in nearby Cockermouth as both areas have a wide range of independent shops. There are clothing stores, camping stores, book stores and gift shops selling all kinds of knick knacks. Art shops sell artist materials and postcard prints by local artists both past and present. You can have a good afternoon just browsing the streets and the shops of the beautiful town of Keswick and then stop for a pint at the Dog and Gun before going back to your accommodation.

 

Nightlife

 

Around Derwent Water there are plenty of places where you can find old pubs with open fires and friendly locals. Visit the pubs in Keswick and Cockermouth at the weekend if you fancy some live music. If you like dancing and staying up till the small hours then Toppers Club in Penryn is open till 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Generally speaking the Lake District tends to attract a lot of walkers and rock climbers who prefer a drink in an old fashioned pub to some of the more noisy entertainments.