One of Cumbria’s most beautiful stretches of water, Derwentwater is a three mile (4.8km) long old master, framed by an unfolding wave of crag and fell, its shoreline dotted with thick patches of woodland, small bays and rocky promontories.

From the Keswick Launch Company jetties a 10 minute walk leads to Friar’s Crag. Sit on the solitary bench amongst the Scots pines and you’ll appreciate why, even at the age of five in 1824, John Ruskin was enthralled by the view.

Just across from Friar’s Crag is Derwent Island which together with Lord’s, St Herbert’s and Rampsholme makes up the four islands in this Queen of the Lakes. To the south is a great gathering of rock around Grange-in-Borrowdale, Borrowdale itself one of Lakeland’s best known and best loved valleys.

On the opposite side of the water is the distinctive outline of Catbells, a favourite of walkers who can look down into Newlands Valley while they’re up there. Many of them might also like the nine mile (14.5km) waymarked hike around the lake, the Derwentwater Walk.



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