Around Keswick and Derwentwater
Derwentwater is the “Jewel” of the Lake District and sits at the head of the Borrowdale Valley. Surrounded by mountains Keswick is the ideal location for walking, climbing or just enjoying the fantastic landscape.
To the North is Skiddaw which dominates the scene as it towers over Keswick. To the East Blencathra, with Clough Head and the Dodds forming the ridge to Helvellyn. South is Borrowdale and a multitude of Fells of all sizes leading to the highest point in England, Scafell Pike. West is Grisedale Pike and the Fells of Newlands Valley.
During your stay we can advise on the many walking routes which are accessble from Keswick with guidebooks and maps available.
Much of the beauty of the Lake District can be enjoyed from a low level, so always have your camera ready. The Keswick launch cruises hourly around Derwentwater and provides breathtaking views as you complete a circuit of the lake. This is a great way to “get your bearings” before exploring further on foot to discover what the Keswick area has to offer. There are eight jetties you can sail to, then enjoy a walk on the fells or back in to the town.
There are stunning views in all directions from the launch which might urge you to set out on foot once you arrive at one of the jetties. Cat Bells, Lodore Falls, Ashness Bridge and Surprise view are just a few of the walks which are all easily reached from the boat landings. You can also visit the Lingholm Estate, a favorite holiday destination of Beatrix Potter, where you can walk around their restored walled garden and sample the delights of the Lingholm Kitchen cafe.
Beautiful Watendlath is 5 miles from Keswick where you will find a tea shop, a well stocked trout fishing lake and many easy Lake District walks. The village of Grange sits at the south end of the lake and further down the valley you will discover the villages of Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite and Seatoller. So many walks of all grades, as well as dicovering amazing sights such as the Bowder Stone and Castlerigg Stone Circle, will keep you occupied during your holiday that you may not need to venture out of the Borrowdale Valley. All of this is only a few minutes from Keswick and can be easily reached by boat, bus, car, or on foot.