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Derwent Water

Derwent Water

Derwent Water (or Derwentwater) is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District National Park in the north of England.

The lake occupies part of Borrowdale and lays immediately south of the town of Keswick. It is both fed and drained by the River Derwent.

It measures approximately 4 km (3 miles) long by 1.5 km (1 mile) wide and is some 22 metres (72 feet) deep. There are several islands within the lake, of which at least one is inhabited.

Derwent is a place of considerable scenic value

It is surrounded by hills (known locally as fells), and many of the slopes facing Derwent Water are extensively wooded. A regular passenger launch operates on the lake, taking passengers between various landing stages.

Four lakeside marinas

There are four lakeside marinas, one at Keswick, two in nearby Portinscale and one on the southern shore of the lake near the Lodore Falls, from which boats may be hired. Recreational walking is a major tourist activity in the area and an extensive network of footpaths exists within the hills and woods surrounding the lake.

Keswick—Borrowdale - Ragular bus service

The Keswick — Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and carries a regular bus service. There is a lesser, or unclassified, road along the western shore between the villages of Grange and Portinscale.

Derwent Water gave its name to the Earldom of Derwentwater.

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