For the best lake views, take a wooden-launch cruise around Derwentwater. Between late March and November, circular cruises set off every half hour in alternate directions from a dock; there's a more limited (roughly hourly) winter timetable. You can also rent a rowboat here in summer. Buy a hop-on, hop-off Around the Lake ticket (£9.75) and take advantage of the seven landing stages around the lake that provide access to hiking trails, such as the two-hour climb up and
down Cat Bells, a celebrated lookout point on the western shore of Derwentwater. Buy slightly discounted tickets at the Moot Hall information office in the center of town.
May 14, 2007
I used this launch service more than once having used it as a bus service to get over and around the lake Derwentwater. Then following something I'd read on www.keswick-tourist-infomation.com the local site I booked for an end of day cruise, where you are taken out to the middle of the lake, drift and drink wine, while the guide talks of the history of the area. It was awesome.