Popular 2.9 mile long Derwentwater sits to the south of Keswick, close to neighboring lakes Bassenthwaite and Thirlmere. It is fed and drained by the River Derwent.
There are several islands on Derwentwater including Derwent Island, Lord’s Island, St Herbert’s Island, Rampsholme Island, Park Neb, Otter Island, and Otterbield Island. Please do not land on the islands and disturb the wildlife – just observe them from afar.
A little bit of trivia for the video gamers! Derwentwater serves as the backdrop and inspiration for the fictional town Silent Hill. It can be seen at the start of the video game Silent Hill 2.
Remember, parts of the Lake District lakes can be quite exposed. Make sure you’ve planned your route if you’re going touring.
Plan ahead with the weather and be well prepared for a day on the water. You can find more information on paddling safely here.