National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop

Derwent Water 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 interesting things to see and walks to do.

At the south end of Derwent Water, the boardwalk across the wetlands makes the 9-mile circular waymarked 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 Coledale near Braithwaite.