Your Derwent Manor Apartment acts as a wonderfully well-equipped base to return to nightly, as you spend your days exploring the spectacular Lake District. Keswick and the North Lakes are known for their impressive natural scenery, and outdoor activities like walking, cycling and fishing are very popular pastimes. The Lakes have plenty to offer for families, couples, individuals and business travellers, from pretty parks and gardens to children’s attractions and activity centres. Historic houses, art galleries and museums detail the history of the Lakes and the people that have resided in this beautiful part of England.
A mile wide and 3 miles long, Lake Derwent (also known as Derwentwater) is one of the most famous bodies of water in the Lake District. It’s surrounded by hills, and boats on the lake offer a different perspective for anyone deciding against the eight-mile circular walk.
Cumberland Pencil Museum
An interactive and family-friendly museum, this attraction contains a wide selection of pencils and details the history of pencil-making with restored machinery, photographs and pieces of text. Derwent Fine Art pencils are made on site, and the museum houses the world’s longest pencil. The whole family can explore the replica of the Seathwaite mine, where graphite was discovered 350 years ago, and can enjoy art workshops before a drink in the on-site coffee shop.
The Bowder Stone
One of the most famous Lake District landmarks, the Bowder Stone weighs 2,000 tons and stands 30ft high with a 90ft circumference. It seems to defy gravity, balancing on a corner, and is not made of local rock which indicates that it was carried to the Lakes on an Ice Age glacier.
The Moot Hall
Keswick’s Market Square is home to this unusual property, built in 1813. Its most distinguishing feature is the one-handed clock, and it now includes an art gallery and Tourist Information Centre. As Keswick’s focal point, the Moot Hall stands in the town centre and is the best place to make your plans as a first-time visitor.
Honister Slate Mine
Visitors to England’s last working slate mine will find plenty of things to do. You can enjoy a guided underground tour, try light meals and snacks at the on-site coffee shop and browse the gift shop for souvenirs and slate creations. The Via Ferrata is a system of ladders, bridges, cables and rungs allowing you to traverse steep rock faces safely as you travel more than 2,000ft high, and you can take the ‘Fill Your Boot’ challenge where you pay a set price to take home as much Lakeland slate as you can.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
This prehistoric monument is an inspirational stone circle set on a low hill, where you can enjoy views to Blencathra, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell. Walkers and photographers should aim to visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle, and perhaps to stop for a picnic within it.
Wordsworth House and Gardens
This attraction is the childhood home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, where you can enjoy spectacular gardens and can speak with household staff to learn more about their lives. It’s an interactive museum, which means that you’re welcome to touch and use many of the objects and artefacts on display. There are toys for children, and you can sample foods that are regularly prepared in the kitchen. Pieces of text by Wordsworth are also on display.