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Derwentwater Tours

Derwentwater
Affectionately nicknamed “Queen of the Lakes,” Derwentwater is a quintessential Lakeland spot. With the Cat Bells fell to the west, Friars Crag promontory to the east, and Borrowdale valley to the south, the lake offers a variety of stunning vistas, while its marinas, islands, and hiking trails provide plenty of activities for visitors.

The Basics
Take a boat tour of the lake and enjoy the scenery from the water; cruises allow you to hop on and off at a number of lakeside jetties. You can also enjoy the area’s hiking routes; the most popular are the 10-mile circular walk around the lake and the Cat Bells ascent, which offers stunning views. If you’re pressed for time, book a multi- or full-day guided tour to see Derwentwater and other nearby lakes on a single trip.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a level trail running from Keswick to Friars Crag that is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • The weather in the Lake District can be changeable, especially on the water, so be sure to pack layers and raincoat.
  • Make sure to pack good-quality walking shoes for walking and hiking in the Lake District.

How to Get There
The northern shores of Derwentwater are just a 15-minute stroll from the market town of Keswick. The closest train station is in Penrith; the X4 and X5 buses run regularly between the two towns. Multi-day and full-day tours typically include round-trip transfers, and some depart from major cities such as Manchester, London, or Edinburgh.

When to Get There
Derwentwater lakes cruises operate all year round, with slightly reduced service between February and March. Most travellers visit the Lake District during spring or summer, when the wooded fells and wildlife trails are at their greenest, but fall and winter visitors can enjoy less-crowded cruises, calmer hiking trails, and snow-sprinkled vistas.

John Ruskin and Derwentwater
Victorian artist, critic, and philosopher John Ruskin was heavily influenced by Derwentwater and is said to have described the view of from Friars Crag as among the “three most beautiful scenes in Europe”. You can see the memorial to this English icon while looking at that same view (on the shores of the lake), then learn more about his influence on 19th-century culture at the Ruskin Museum in the village of Coniston, about an hour away.
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Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular

Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular

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Our Private Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour is the perfect opportunity for small groups of friends or family to enjoy their very own Private Tour. Our luxury, spacious 6 Seater minibus will allow you to travel the central Lake District in style. The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England. This full-day tour introduces you to ; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise, a visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. On this Lake District tour you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere. A highlight is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most famous and most visited stone circles in the country.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$576.77
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$576.77
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Ten Lakes of the Lake District: Full Day, Private Tour for 4

Ten Lakes of the Lake District: Full Day, Private Tour for 4

This Lake District tour is a must for engaging with much of the dramatic, lush and picturesque scenery the Lake District has to offer. You will travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. With plenty of stops for admiring the views and capturing the perfect Instagram photos. An insight into some of the Lake Districts most closely guarded, hidden gems. This tour will change the way you look at the Lakes. The Tour Includes: • Full day private tour • Local expert driver / guide
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$285.15
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$285.15
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Ten Lakes of the Lake District: All Inclusive, Full Day, Private Tour for 8

Ten Lakes of the Lake District: All Inclusive, Full Day, Private Tour for 8

This Lake District tour is a must for engaging with much of the dramatic, lush and picturesque scenery the Lake District has to offer. You will travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. With plenty of stops for admiring the views and capturing the perfect Instagram photos. An insight into some of the Lake Districts most closely guarded, hidden gems. This tour will change the way you look at the Lakes. The Tour Includes: • Full day private tour • Local expert driver / guide • Lunch and hot drink
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$497.71
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$497.71
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Stunning Lake District 8 Hour Tour!

Stunning Lake District 8 Hour Tour!

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This full day takes you to Great Britain's Lake District, a mountainous region in northwest England known for its picturesque lakes and dense forests. Visit lakes, waterfalls, and small villages with breaks for walks, shopping, snacks, and even gingerbread along the way. This is an ideal tour for first time visitors or those who want an overview of the District in one day.
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  • 8 hours
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$744.44
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$744.44
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Castlerigg Stonecircle - Lakes Mountains and Villages Private Tour

Castlerigg Stonecircle - Lakes Mountains and Villages Private Tour

The Lake District serves up glassy lakes, mountains, and historical sites—all fairly widely dispersed. Cover many of its must-sees in a day without self-drive on this private tour. With a driver-guide, you’re free to admire and learn about the sights undistracted by driving or planning. Visit Derwentwater and Grasmere; and explore Castlerigg Stone Circle and more; all topped and tailed with pickup and drop-off at Lakes or north-west hotels.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$350.32
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$350.32
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Private Tour: Ultimate Full Day Scenic Tour visiting 10 Lakes

Private Tour: Ultimate Full Day Scenic Tour visiting 10 Lakes

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This tour takes you to: • Lake Windermere • Kirkstone Inn • Kirkstone Pass • Brothers Water • Patterdale • Glenridding • Ullswater • Lake Cruise on Ullswater. • Castlerigg stone circle • Lakeside at Keswick • Surprise View • Ashness Bridge • Honister Mine • Honister Pass • Buttermere • Crummock Water  • Moss Force waterfall • Thirlmere • Dunmail Raise • Grasmere • Rydal Water
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$615.66
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$615.66
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Stunning Lake District 6 Hour Tours!

Stunning Lake District 6 Hour Tours!

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This tour is a beautiful tour day, full of beauty and natural wonder, out but is rough guide to your days travel, as customers may amend the tour to suite there needs or wish list. Please contact Simon to alter your tour. Thank you.
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  • 6 hours
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$558.33
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5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

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Explore the rugged Lake District on this 5-day experience from Windermere, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and two full-day tours & one half day tour. Enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. You will also enjoy a half day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour visiting Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Hill Top Farm. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes a fantastic overview of the Lake District plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.
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  • 5 days
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$680.46
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$680.46

3 Day Lake District Tour including Central & Western Lakes

3 Day Lake District Tour including Central & Western Lakes

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Explore the Cumbria region by auto, train, and boat on this 3-day, 2-night tour. Travel through scenic villages and over mountain passes, admiring the picturesque views and scenery. Take a ride on a narrow gauge railway and enjoy a lake cruise. Two nights accommodation in either a bed and breakfast or hotel are included.
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  • 3 days
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$414.76
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$414.76

5 Day UNESCO & National Parks Tour including Lakes, Yorkshire & Hadrian's Wall

5 Day UNESCO & National Parks Tour including Lakes, Yorkshire & Hadrian's Wall

Explore the rugged Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & Hadrian's Wall on this 5-day UNESCO & National Parks Tour from Windermere, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and three full-day tours. Enjoy the Yorkshire Dales Tour including visit Wensleydale Creamery, a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a Roman Britain & Hadrian's Wall Tour, visiting the Roman Army Museum & Vindolanda. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes visting 2 National Parks & 2 UNSECO World Heritage sites, plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.
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  • 5 days
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$680.46
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$680.46

Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular in 16 seater minibus

Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular in 16 seater minibus

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Our Private Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour is the perfect opportunity for small groups of friends or family to enjoy their very own Private Tour. Our luxury, spacious 16 Seater minibus will allow you to travel the central Lake District in style. The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England. This full-day tour introduces you to ; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. Visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. On this Lake District tour you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere. A highlight is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most famous and most visited stone circles in the country.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$583.25
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$583.25
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