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Derwentwater was used as a filming location for the 2015 blockbuster 'The Force Awakens'.

Millennium Falcon Star Wars Borrowdale, Derwentwater, Keswick
The Millennium Falcon flying in over Borrowdale and Derwentwater

Derwentwater was used as a filming location for the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Millennium Falcon can be seen in the image above flying into the planet of Takodana, a digitally modified view from over Watendlath Fell looking north across a digitally enlarged Derwentwater, which is shown as contiguous with Bassenthwaite Lake (which it was, briefly, in December 2015 after serious flooding). The large mountain on the skyline to the right is recognisably Skiddaw.

Star Wars Derwenwater

In the film, when Rey, arrives in the Lake District landscape for the first time she exclaims, “I didn’t know there was so much green in the whole galaxy” – a sentiment that many visitors to The Lake District can relate to.

Star Wars Derwentwater Catbells

As the Millennium Falcon arrives into Maz Kanata’s castle, the view is southwest across the face of Walla Crag, which overlooks Keswick. The castle is digitally added to Derwentwater and the fells of Catbells and Maiden Moor are clearly recognisable.

Star Wars Derwentwater Lake District

When Rey first steps out onto Takodana, the Jaws of Borrowdale are clearly recognisable, presumably filmed from somewhere near Friars Crag or on Derwentwater itself.

Star Wars Lake District

In another scene, Stormtroopers can be seen attacking from somewhere that looks close to Friar’s Crag, with the Resistance pilots flying in from the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’ and across Derwentwater.

High Brandelhow is another location known to be used for filming.

More information:
Star Wars Wiki
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Star Wars in the Lake District

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