Keswick Boat Landings
Tel:- 017687 72263
Keswick Launch company operates a lake cruise and waterbus service on Derwentwater. Services run around the lake, starting from the boat landings at Keswick, and calling at six lakeshore jetties, Ashness, Lodore, High Brandelhow, Low Brandelhow, Hawes End and Nichol End (see map below). The entire round the lake cruise takes just over 50 minutes, but many people use the waterbus to get to various points on the lake shore to enjoy a walk. Hawes End is particularly popular with those ascending Catbells. Services run in both clockwise, and anti clockwise directions.
Boats run both clockwise, and anti-clockwise around the lake
Summer service features one boat per hour in each direction
Winter Service features 3 boats per day in each direction.
Pay on boat. There are prices for a round the Lake Cruise, and also lower prices for sailing between jetties.
Derwentwater is situated to the south of the town of Keswick. It is just 3 miles long, one mile wide, and in comparison to other navigable lakes relatively shallow at just 72 feet at it's deepest point.
It is surrounded by extensively wooded slopes, and a number of major high fells, giving it a unique scenic appeal. To the north lies the town of Keswick, with Latrigg and Skiddaw beyond. To the west is the ever popular Catbells, whilst the southern end of the lake is dominated by Castle Crag, and beyond, the Borrowdale Valley.
The Keswick to Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and has a regular bus service, which in summer includes an open topped service. There is an unclassified, road along the western shore connecting the villages of Grange and Portinscale, making a driving tour of the lake possible. However, driving is not the best way to see Derwentwater. A mixture of Lake Cruise and Walk is by far the best way to get the most out of this delightful lake.
Derwentwater has four main islands, Lord’s Island, Derwent Island, St Herbert’s Island, and Rampsholme Island. Lord’s Island was once the home of the Earl of Derwentwater and the ruins of the house can still be discerned in the undergrowth. St Herbert’s Island is named after a hermit who lived there in the 7th Century. All of the major islands are owned by the National Trust, as is much of the shoreline.
The lake also has a Beatrix Potter connection. Before she was married, she spent several summer holidays at Lingholm and also one at Fawe Park, both on the western shore. The two houses, their gardens and the surrounding landscape provided inspiration for several of her books. It was here that Mrs Tiggy Winkle had her laundry.
Rowing Boat and Motor Boat hire
Rowing boats and small cabin cruisers are available to hire from Keswick Boat Landings.
There is a National Trust shop just by the lake at Lakeside Car Park, from where leaflets can be bought describing Family Walks round Derwentwater.
The above map is taken from the Keswick Launch website, and shows the position of each of the 7 jetties.
Cafe at Theatre by the Lake, close to Keswick boat landings.
Pay and Display car park with toilets.
Rowing Boat hire available at Keswick Boat Landings.
Regular waterbus services from Keswick to 6 piers around the lake.
Walkers Special Cruise runs from Keswick to Hawes end each morning.
Stay on the boat for the full cruise or stop off at any of the jetties to catch a later boat back - ideal for walking.