Derwent Bank Local Area

Northern Lake District

Derwent Bank is near the village of Portinscale and the town of Keswick, a popular tourist destination known as “the adventure capital of the Lake District” due to the large choice of outdoor activities available in the area. Keswick is also the home of the famous Theatre by the Lake with its varied repertoire of plays

See the mountains from the water and take a leisurely journey around Derwent Water by boat. The Derwent Water ferry departs from Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. For the more energetic why not hire a canoe or sailing boat and take to the waters under your own steam.

As well as stunning countryside, literary giants and artists the Lakes are famous for their slate mines. You can get a taste of this industrial heritage at the Honister Slate Mine situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank you can also visit by taking the Honister Rambler bus.

Families can go ape at Whinlatter Forest and Go Ape! Climb the high ropes course or relax in the visitors centre and café. Or follow the Whinlatter Forest mountain bike trail – one of the best in Britain. Another favourite for families is the Lake District Wildlife Park where you can watch the antics of otters and marvel at the bird of prey flying displays.

For many the Lake District is synonymous with the poet William Wordsworth. His homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are about 30 minutes away near Grasmere. The poet’s birthplace at Cockermouth, a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank can also be visited. There is a good bus service from Keswick to both Grasmere and Cockermouth.

About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. While you are in the Ullswater area be sure to visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain.

Further afield (about 45 minutes drive) is the Carlisle. Lying on the Scottish boarders the historic county town of Cumbria has a good selection of shops, historical cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum – famous for its varied programme of events and exhibitions and interactive displays.


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