Lakes & Walks

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Lakes & Fells

What we all love. Whether it’s looking from the valley floor or getting into the clouds and looking down, there are plenty of options around Kestrel Lodge.

Wainwright Fells

Alfred Wainwright has inspired millions to take to the fells and explore leaving in his wake a nation of peak baggers and countryside lovers. Here are some of the Mountains you can easily knock off your list from Kestrel Lodge.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts at 6km long and 1 and ½ km wide makes it well sized for a day’s exploration or more.

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Derwent Water

Derwent Water is 5km long and 1 and ½ km wide, there are loads of islands and bays to explore, magnificent scenery, no permits required, easy launch, lots of parking (pay and display), and canoe/boat hire is pretty easily done.

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Buttermere, 2km long and just over ½ km wide, sits at the bottom of the Honister pass and is separated from Crummock water by a tiny spit of land that the village of Buttermere sits on.

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Crummock Water

Crummock Water, is 4km long and almost 1 wide. Like Buttermere, you can swim—with a tow float—canoe etc with a permit, but no sailing, making these lakes some of the quietest and most laid back in the whole of Lakeland.

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Loweswater, 1 mile in length, ½ mile wide, and 60 feet deep, provides an excellent lake circuit for walkers (4 mile long circuit) and the only water sport allowed in or on the lake is swimming.

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River Derwent

The River Derwent starts at Styhead Tarn under Scafell Pike and flows all the way to the Irish Sea at Workington, through Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake as it goes.

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River Greta

The River Greta has approximately a 5 mile canoe-able stretch that you can use 365 days a year as long as the water level reaches the white mark on the bridge to protect the salmon beds.

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Thirlmere is 6km long and 1km wide canoeists’ paradise, a reservoir rather than a lake, and serves Manchester, therefore no swimming allowed—so try not to fall out of your boats, people.

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