Derwentwater
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  • Odette S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, easy walk
    Did the loop walk round starting and ending at the local Premier Inn. Nice flat walk and easy to do for anyone with some fitness level as it is nearly 10 miles. Lots of places to stop and rest along the way - either for a drink in a pub/hotel or to sit with a picnic blanket.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Marty & Pippa
    Chorley, United Kingdom166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Lake & Islands
    We had a lovely view of this lake beyond Hope Park from our Hotel (The Highfield) during a recent stay in Keswick and found it to be just stunning. Took a lovely walk right down to its shores, fed the birds and enjoyed looking across to the many islands during a lovely sunny day. Lots of people out enjoying life and smiling. Would like to try out a boat trip next time we're in town.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Jaden J
    England, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place!
    Derwentwater is one of the most beautiful places in Keswick, UK. Our country has so many beautiful places like this and I absolutely love to visit! The nature is beyond amazing. I love to walk over the bridge and specially sit down on a chair and watch the sunset.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India4,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rewarding walk
    We spent half a day taking a counter-clockwise loop on foot around Derwnetwater, beginning and ending in Keswick. Along the way, we also hiked Catbells (the only challenging part of our day out, the rest is easy) on the western shore and enjoyed several easier points of interest like the Chinese bridge, the 100 year stone and Friar’s Crag. It’s a long but beautiful walk, along one of the most scenic and less commercially developed lakes in the Lake District with hardly any crowds. You don’t have to walk the whole distance, you can hop onto the Derwent water launch or the bus when tired (carry a map to know exact pickup points). The entire loop is around 10 miles, with several picnic stops, remote beaches and cafés along the route.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Kirstie A
    York, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must if visiting the lake district!
    We had a great time walking around derwentwater. Plenty of parking available (with toilets). We had a slow walk around on the main path until we came to a beachy area where we stayed for a while to let the dogs have a splash about. Beautiful scenery and very picturesque. There are places to eat near the main car park but we didn't go so cannot comment on how good (or not!) they were :)
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • james c
    Northampton, United Kingdom79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk around stunning Derwent
    A wonderful 10mile (15km) walk around the lake. Very easy to follow and some stunning views, constantly changing as you walk around. Very easy to follow the path and a few pubs/ cafes for a stop on the way around. Had a paddle (quite a few places to go in!) a must if in Keswick, but also plenty of opportunities to do short walks around as well.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
  • Alison H
    Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Round the lake walk
    Fantastic walk that took just over 3.5 hours. Lots to see and spectacular views of Catbells, Walls Crags etc. All in all it was over 10 miles but to be honest as it was pretty level it didn’t feel too bad on 5he legs etc!!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
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Happywa5578
London81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The walk from Portinscale to Lodore or Grange or Rosthwaite is very nice, along the lake. Especially on a day when everyone else is queueing to get up Catbells! You can get the bus back (one an hour) - it goes up the main road on the East side of the lake. Various nice tea shops & hotel bars at the top end of the valley - Lodore, Grange, Rosthwaite. Path generally good but can be rough & muddy in places so go well shod.
Written July 27, 2020
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AJ
Annan, UK650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
What can you say about Derwentwater, apart from Stunning, it was so nice just to sit at the side of the lake with my family and take in the scenery. It's got to be the best out of all to the lakes in the lake district. The lake itself was very busy with holidaymakers taking boat trips, who can blame them at this sad time.
Written September 18, 2020
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racey1979
Barnsley, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We have walked around Derwentwater many times now, sometimes we go up Catbells and sometimes we just do the lake walk which is roughly ten miles. Trust me if you can drop on the weather, the scenery is truly spectacular. We do it a little different now, we start in Keswick and walk anti-clockwise around the lake to the posh Lodore Falls Hotel where we stop for a well earned pint or two ! However, rather than continuing around the lake we walk back the way we came purely because it's a much nicer walk on that side of the lake. The left side (looking from Keswick) tends to be very shaley underfoot and the footpath isn't very clear at times. Sometimes you end up walking on the road so like we say we just walk back the way we came as that side is woodland with much better footpaths. Highly recommended if you are visiting Keswick. Please look at my photos of our walk on NYE 2019 which were taken by a Samsung S9 believe it or not ! They look like postcards!! Truly stunning part of the U.K.
Written January 5, 2020
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Pauline J
Liverpool, United Kingdom395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Went on a bike ride here on a rainy day but realising it was quite hard to manoeuvre around due to crowds and tge uneven grounds we returned the next day which wasxsunny. We hured a rowing boat for £15 for 1 hr. This was well worth the money to go around the lake. Advice is to get there by 12 as by the time we come off the boat at 12 45 the queue was quite long but an hr earlier we were the only ones there. Lots of ducks to feed with food you can buy from the man by the boats.
Written August 25, 2020
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NK
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Wonderful views from all around the lake. Lovely walks. Stunning scenery. Travel on the boats was great value for money and a day pass meant you could got to all 6 jetty's to explore around the lake.
Written July 6, 2022
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Aston Turner
Surrey, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
This lake was absolutely beautiful and is a must visit when you go to the Lake District.
The beauty of this lake is that there is so much to do here that it will suit everyone.
We started the day by visiting the town of Keswick, from there you are able to walk to the lake and this only took us 10 mins.
When you reach the lake there are a few options of what you can do.
We hired a rowing boat for the hour and had a great time rowing round the lake.
There is also the option to hire a little motor boat or travel across the lake on a sight seeing ferry.
There is a national trust shop there, some cafes and of course a much needed ice cream stand.
Walking around the lake looked good and there where also some great spots to relax or picnic where you could even dip your toes in the water.
There is a nice large car park called lakeside car park that is between the town and the lake and suitable for long stay.
Written September 18, 2020
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manxseasider
Ramsey, UK384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
A relatively easy walk around a mostly level terrain, with occasional lovely views across the lake to the peaks beyond.
In total around 9 miles, but for those with limited time or energy the walk can be reduced by use of the bus back to Keswick.
We walked anti-clockwise from Keswick with a stop for coffee and scone at the lovely Lingholm Garden tea rooms (separate review).
We had planned to lunch at Lodore Falls hotel, on the recommendation of our guest house proprietor, but unfortunately when we were there it was residents or pre-booked guests only. We therefore took advantage of the convenient bus stop opposite the hotel and returned via bus for lunch in Keswick.
Written April 13, 2022
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Catherine
Manchester, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
Absolutely stunning place with the most amazing views from all areas around the lake. I set off from the Theatre by the Lake heading past Friar’s Cragg, this side of the lake isn’t as accessible lakeshore as the other side with one section at Kettlewell carpark coming to an end and you have to cross the main road, go through the woods and come out near the Lodore end. This side also isn’t accessible for wheelchair users unless you go via the road in sections which is quite narrow and busy. If you’re in the Lakes you have to visit here for the most amazing views!
Written April 23, 2021
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TheWaterCloset
Glasgow, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We started our walk around Derwentwater from Keswick boat launch and walked the 10 mile (ish) walk clockwise. There were some fantastic views and spots to stop on the way. There were a few occasions where we had to walk on the road due to the weather conditions and water, however the drivers in the area considerate and provided enough space for walkers. There are spots on the route to grab food and hot drinks, as well as plenty of scenic area to stop and take in your surroundings. A must do if in the area. This took us around 4 hours at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for pictures.
Written February 7, 2022
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Acebaby2014
Ipswich, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is an amazing place and we walked around the whole lake, although towards the last quarter it does take you away from the lake itself which was a bit of a shame. We sopped for lunch half way round in a secluded cove and with the weather we had, you could have been in a tropical island. Just breathtaking.
Written July 5, 2021
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