You can take a 50 minute cruise around Derwentwater on Keswick Launch. You can buy discounted tickets from Keswick Information Centre when you're here.
Boats can be hired directly from Keswick Launch at the lakeside. These vary from rowing boats to self-drive motor boats.
The following places offer ranges of craft for hire;
To see where you can launch your boat, and other great tips, take a look at Derwentwater map (PDF).
Keswick Information Centre can issue you with both.
Derwent is a great lake for swimming and has many areas of publically accessible shoreline - see the Derwent lake guide map. Because Derwent is busy with boats, please keep close to the shore and make sure you're visible with a tow float and ideally someone with you on a boat, kayak or paddleboard. Whilst there are some areas of shallow water that may be warm, the deeper water can be cold, so always wade in slowly. You can go back and jump off the jetty afterwards!
Five times a year, Derwent Island House on Derwent Isle is open to the public. Enjoy a boat trip or even canoe to the island. More details at National Trust - Derwent Isle.
We can help you with booking tickets and attractions, finding walking routes and places to visit, and we have a great range of maps and guidebooks. See us in Moot Hall in the Market Place, home to Keswick Information Centre.