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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.

Keswick Lakeside shop

The Keswick Lakeside shop is open seven days a week. If you’re looking for things to do in the Keswick area, drop in to see us for our top tips and recommendations as the lakeshore makes a great introduction to the whole valley.

Find an easy walk to do

Download one of our walking trails and explore the beautiful and accessible paths around Borrowdale and Derwentwater

Derwentwater Regatta 2015

11 & 12 July. Join a weekend of mayhem and madness afloat as we team up with outdoor activity providers around Keswick to bring you taster sessions in everything from Viking longboats to floating bath tubs

Seatoller is a great place to start exploring Borrowdale © Steve Barber

Seatoller is a great place to start exploring Borrowdale

Planning your visit

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