Image by Samuel Ferrara
Travels and Wandering Logo Adventure and Travel Blog

The Lake District Series - Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite

Derwent water sits in the north east of the lake district peninsula of Cumbria, England. This 5km long tranquil water offers plenty to see and do for locals and visitors. With the nearby town of Keswick only a stones throw away and plenty of walking routes ; the surrounding areas tend to be a bit quieter than the fells of the southern lakes.

Disclaimer: Please note this post does contain some affiliate links. To see full disclosure Click Here.

Paddleboarding in the Lake district on Derwent Water
Paddle boarding last summer on Derwent water, during the temporary easement of the covid-19 lockdown

One of the huge draws of the lake district is the accessibility. Unlike some other countries there isn't a time when the lakes become closed, nor do you have to pay to access the national park. There are however times where the lakes and this area in particular wont have quite as much to offer. The north of England is known for its damp and cold weather, and the lake district is no exception to this. In fact it seems each of the mountains appear to carry their own microclimate. We would recommend avoiding in winter unless you like the cold, rain and snow. The varied and unpredictable weather play a huge role maintaining the beautiful landscape of the the lake district. With the surrounding ancient forests, historical manor houses and evergreen landscape; this area has been inspiration to many world class writers and painters.