Keswick Launch on Derwentwater copyright Lorna Egan

On the water around Derwentwater

Take a cruise

You can take a 50 minute cruise around Derwentwater on Keswick Launch (opens in new window). You can buy discounted tickets from Keswick Information Centre when you're here.

Captain your own boat

Boats can be hired directly from Keswick Launch (opens in new window) at the lakeside. These vary from rowing boats to self-drive motor boats.

Canoeing and sailing

To launch your own sailing craft, hire or have some sailing lessons visit:

To see where you can launch your boat, and other great tips, take a look at Derwentwater lake users' guide leaflet (PDF) and Derwentwater map (PDF).

Fishing on Derwentwater

To fish on Derwentwater you will need a permit from Keswick Angling Association as well as a rod licence from the Environment Agency before you can start fishing. 

Keswick Information Centre can issue you with both.

Swimming in Derwentwater

Please do keep close to the shore. Whilst there are some areas of shallow water that may be warm, the deeper water can be cold.

Visit Derwent Isle on Derwentwater

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 (opens in new window).


Top tips on where to swim in the Lake District, how to keep safe and how to deal with cold water when wild swimming.

BoatSafe code

How to keep you and other lake users safe when boating

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Moot Hall in Keswick, home to Keswick Information Centre - copyright Keswick Tourism Association

This page is brought to you by the staff of Keswick Information Centre.

We can help you with booking accommodation, tickets or attractions. See us in Moot Hall in the Market Place, home to Keswick Information Centre.