A great day out – Derwentwater

Are you looking for somewhere to explore up North?

Do you love photography, walking, rowing, picnicking or just being outdoors? Then you will love Derwentwater!

Post code: This will take you to a car park right by the lake.

*Top tip: There are public toilets next to the car park, with a charge of 40p… Or, you can use the toilets in the cafe for free and grab yourself a coffee to go, before starting your adventure. (They also sell insanely tasty treats like DONUTS!).

Cafe by the Lake…

This cafe has possibly one of the best lake views. Very friendly staff, refreshing drinks and very delicious sweet treats. It is up there with my favourite places to go.

Come with the papers and watch the morning light change by the minute over Derwentwater.

Free WiFi available in the cafe.

Opening Hours
9.00am – 9.00pm

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Keswick’s best view

Ten minutes on level paths from Keswick Lakeside shop is the viewpoint of Friar’s Crag. From the bench on the end you get an unbroken view down the length of the lake, with the fells of Walla Crag and Maiden Moor curling along the left and right shores, and the ‘teeth’ of Castle Crag right in the centre at the far end.


The bench.


The View.

Our National Trust challenge continues. Derwentwater and Friars Crag are part of the National Trust and so we can tick off another locational from our long list. I am also adding to my list of  ‘Ten ways membership might change your life” with the following…

7. You discover your inner foodie √

You know it’s happened when: You head to the café before looking around the place you’re visiting.

Of course there is also the obligatory National Trust shop after the walk. However, if you pop in before you start exploring the area the staff in the shop will be able to advise on things to do and the best spots to head to. Look here at their opening times.


The lake is surrounded by absolutely stunning scenery, making it the perfect place to get the camera out.


The Royal Oak in Keswick…

After a lovely walk around the lake, we headed into Keswick, which is a 5 minute walk from the car park at Derwentwater. There were market stalls lining the street, which are there every Thursday and Saturday from 08:00-16:30. There are stalls selling flavoured artisan coffee, air plants and chutney, there’s always a chutney stand isn’t there.

We had a pit stop in the Royal Oak to refuel. Beer, Cider and the insanely good Butchers board. Thinking about it is making me hungry! Of course I dropped an Olive down my white top. That wasn’t my most cleverest moment.

So, there you have it, a jam packed day full of fun with plenty to see and do. I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t love a day out here. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and shops around Keswick to have a nosey around after a good morning of exploring the lake and its surroundings. Let me know how your day goes if you are out and about in Keswick!

As always happy Adventuring,

With love, Saucy Anchor ⚓️