Derwent Water is thought by many to be the most beautiful of the lakes and is known as the “Queen of the Lakes”. It is three miles in length and a little over a mile wide. There are three large wooded islands, the largest of which, Derwent Isle, contains a large private house opposite the landing stage. Lord’s Island is opposite Friar’s Crag by the lakeside, whilst St Herbert’s Island is in the centre of the lake. There are several other small islands including the Floating Island, which appears occasionally.
It is possible to take an hour long boat trip around the lake and this is well worth doing. One of the most beautiful sights I remember is driving down towards Derwentwater on a morning in spring, when the new leaves were opening on the trees. The sky was blue and there was a little snow on the top of the fells. Here and there, in sheltered spots, there were even a few autumn leaves remaining on some trees. The sky was reflected in the lake below and the scene was stunning. But there are many wonderful views in this part of the world.
The countryside around Derwentwater comprises of some of the more gentle slopes rather than the higher, starker peaks of other areas. Walks around the lake are less strenuous too and there is plenty to see in the way of bird life amongst the reeds and elsewhere. From the lake, it is possible to see Skiddaw to the north.