Derwentwater boasts no fewer than seven lakeside marinas and several little islands to explore. It is popular with campers thanks to the Keswick Campsite right on the shoreline.
The lake was used for the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force awakens, for the scene set on the planet of Takodana. Thankfully, the lake is a far more peaceful place than as depicted in the movie – but don’t be surprised if you do happen to see the occasional tourist in Star Wars attire.
The B5289 runs along Derwentwater’s eastern shore. Indeed, it makes a great day out when combined with a visit to the dog-friendly town of Keswick itself.