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Derwentwater, Portinscale

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One glance at Derwentwater is all you'll need to realize why this "Queen of Lakes" inspires so many romantic poets and artists. Towering crags and the majestic woods of the Lake District National Park surround this 6.4 km (4 mi) long, 1.6 km (1 mi) wide lake. Abundant wildlife, diverse flora, and truly spectacular views of all four islands await you as you hike along the 16 km (10 mile) footpath. The lake's two marinas offer guided cruises to explore the islands, but if you prefer to venture out on your own, you can rent a motorboat, canoe, kayak, or rowboat. The two larger islands are St. Herbert's, which offers comfortable places to picnic, and Derwent Isle, which has a 16th-century house that you can explore. Mountaineering and watersports, such as sailing and windsurfing, are available for the adventurous traveler. Fishing is also favorite pastime; you can purchase a fishing permit and rod license from the Keswick Information Centre. Make Derwentwater a centerpiece of your Portinscale vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Portinscale online tour itinerary planner.
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  • Beautiful walk and location too. Some parts are hilly and need to climb over the walls, but apart from that it’s a stunning place to be. 
    Beautiful walk and location too. Some parts are hilly and need to climb over the walls, but apart from that it’s a stunning place to be.  more »
  • Such a beautiful lake! Well worth a visit. I was told that it's always a bit warmer than the others in the Lakes District because it's not as deep. Makes it perfect for trying out paddleboarding as... 
    Such a beautiful lake! Well worth a visit. I was told that it's always a bit warmer than the others in the Lakes District because it's not as deep. Makes it perfect for trying out paddleboarding as...  more »
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  • Amazing natural beauty, not as busy as the “popular” tourist spots
  • Beautiful location. But hard to find a clean spot to sit because of all the dog litter.

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