Derwent Water


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Not to be confused with the Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire Derwent Water, or Derwentwater, is one of the primary bodies of water in the Lake District National Park, situated in the north of England.

The lake occupies part of Borrowdale and lies directly south of of Keswick. It is fed and drained by the River Derwent. It measures approximately 3 miles (4km) long by 1 mile (1.5km) wide and is about 72ft (22m) deep. There are various islands within the lake, one of which is lived on. Derwent Island House, a prestigous 18th-century residence, is a tenanted National Trust property open to the public for five days per year.

Derwent Water is a place of outstanding natural beauty. It is surrounded by hills, known locally as fells, and many of the slopes facing Derwent Water are aforrested. A regular passenger boat operates on the lake, taking passengers between various landing stages. There are seven lakeside marinas in total, the most popular stops being: Keswick, Portinscale and the Lodore Falls, from where boats may be hired.

Walking is a major tourist activity in the area and an extensive network of footpaths exist within the hills and woods surrounding the lake.
The Keswick to Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and there is a regular bus service. There is an unclassified road along the western shore between the villages of Grange and Portinscale.

The lake is thought to be the last remaining native habit of the Vendace fish from the four originally known.

There are many islands in Derwentwater. the largest of which are: Derwent Isle, Lord’s Island, St Herbert’s Island, Rampsholme Island and Otterbield Island.

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