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Spectacular and varied lakeland landscape around Derwentwater

Derwentwater is often called the 'Queen of the Lakes', and as you canoe between the islands with your picnic at the ready it's easy to see why. The friendly staff at our shop and information centre on the Keswick Foreshore will help you out with local knowledge about canoeing, interesting things to see and walks to do.

At the south end of Derwentwater, the boardwalk across the wetlands makes the 9-mile circular walk around the lake a very pleasant leg stretch, with the chance to see otters and wetland birds if you're lucky. The jewel in the crown is Derwent Island House, open for five special days each year, as does Force Crag Mine - a hidden gem at the foot of a waterfall in the Coledale valley.

As Borrowdale winds the 7 miles from Keswick to Seathwaite, there are eight National Trust car parks from which you can start your adventure into the fells. Directions for iconic routes like Castle Crag and Cat Bells are in our Rangers' Guide to Borrowdale on sale from our shop and from our membership recruiters with their trusty Landrovers.

Join us for the 2015 Great British Walk

Experience more when you explore on foot

Experience more when you explore on foot

Share your love of the countryside this autumn by joining this year's Great British Walk in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor.

Whether you want a challenge, awe-inspiring views or the just chance to stretch your legs and find something new, there's a walk for everyone. So pull on your boots and grab your rucksack, it's time to discover a walking trail or event that's just right for you.

Planning your visit

Great news for National Trust members: there are nine NT car parks in Borrowdale alone.

Wondering where is the best place to start your visit to Borrowdale? Here's a handy summary of which car park to head for.

Enjoy free parking and the knowledge that you're supporting our conservation work in the valley

New Waymarked Walk

Try our waymarked walk just one mile from Keswick

Try our waymarked walk just one mile from Keswick

We've created a new waymarked walk in Great Wood, just one mile from Keswick.

Starting from the National Trust car park at Great Wood, the 1¾ mile circular route climbs through the woods which cloak the valley below Walla Crag, with 'windows' from the top path giving views out over Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater.

You won't need a map, but if you'd like one you can pick one up from our Keswick Lakeside shop

Keswick Lakeside Shop

The Keswick Lakeside shop is open seven days a week.

Drop in for top tips on things to do in Keswick and around Borrowdale and Derwentwater as well as ice-creams, drinks, maps and souvenirs.