Derwent Water


Derwent Water

Infobox lake
lake_name = Derwent Water
image_lake = Derwent-water.jpg
caption_lake =
image_bathymetry = Derwentcroped.jpg
caption_bathymetry = (1925)
location = Lake District
coords = coord|54|35|N|3|09|W|region:GB_type:waterbody|display=inline,title
type =
inflow = River Derwent, Watendlath Beck, Brockle Beck
outflow = River Derwent
catchment =
basin_countries = United Kingdom
length = convert|4.6|km|mi|1
width = convert|1.91|km|mi|2
area = convert|2|sqmi|abbr=on
depth = convert|5.5|m|ft|abbr=on
max-depth = convert|22|m|ft|abbr=on
volume = 29 x 106
residence_time = 55 days
shore = convert|9.6|mi|abbr=on
elevation = convert|75|m|ft|0
islands = 4 plus 9 small (13)
cities =
reference = Citation|url=http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/103196/1118608|title=Table of lake facts|last=McNamara|first=Jane|publisher=Environment Agency of England and Wales|access_date=2007-11-13]
:"Not to be confused with Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire"Derwent Water (or Derwentwater) is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District National Park in the north of England.

The lake occupies part of Borrowdale and lies immediately south of the town of Keswick. It is both fed and drained by the River Derwent. It measures approximately 4 km (3 miles) long by 1.5 km (1 mile) wide and is some 22 metres (72 ft) deep. There are several islands within the lake, one of which is inhabited. Derwent Island House, an 18th-century residence, is a tenanted National Trust property open to the public on five days each year.

Derwent Water is a place of considerable scenic value. It is surrounded by hills (known locally as fells), and many of the slopes facing Derwent Water are extensively wooded. A regular passenger launch operates on the lake, taking passengers between various landing stages. There are seven lakeside marinas, the most popular stops being: Keswick, Portinscale and the Lodore Falls, from which boats may be hired. Recreational walking is a major tourist activity in the area and an extensive network of footpaths exists within the hills and woods surrounding the lake.

The Keswick—Borrowdale road runs along the eastern shore of the lake and carries a regular bus service. There is a lesser, or unclassified, road along the western shore between the villages of Grange and Portinscale.

Derwent Water gave its name to the Earldom of Derwentwater.

The lake is believed to be the last remaining native habit of the Vendace (Coregonus vandesius) fish from the four originally known [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7266730.stm BBC NEWS | Scotland | South of Scotland | Ice Age fish thrives in new home ] ] .

Derwentwater's islands

There are numerous islands in Derwentwater. the largest being: Derwent Isle, Lord's Island, St Herbert's Island, Rampsholme Island and Otterbield Island.

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