Derwent Water is 5km long and 1 and ½ km wide, there are loads of islands and bays to explore, magnificent scenery, no permits required, easy launch, lots of parking (pay and display), and canoe/boat hire is pretty easily done.
For those wanting to enjoy the water without the sweat you can also try the Keswick Launch, and take a lovely tour f the lake, while someone or something else does the hard work for you.
Walking around the lake is stunning. One of our favourite days out is to get the launch from Keswick to Hawes End climb Catbells and then drop back down to High Brandelhow to get back on the launch and enjoy the ride back to Keswick. But a low level walk around the whole lake is lovely. There are more eatery options in Keswick than I’ve had hot dinners and other options around the lake too. The Chalet in Portinscale, the Lodore Falls Hotel, for those who fancy a detour up to the waterfall, are just a couple of options.
Stuff you can do on the lake:
- Wild swimming—use a tow float for safety
- The Keswick Launch