Help & FAQs
Find the answers to our frequently asked questions.
How long does the lake cruise last?
Derwentwater lake cruises are approximately 50 minutes in duration.
See cruise times for more details.
How much does a lake cruise cost?
Around the lake tickets are available which allow you to either stay on the launch for the full 50 minute trip, or to hop-on and hop-off the boat as much as you like at any of the eight jetties around the lake, until you return to point of departure.
Single fares are also available to any of the points around the lake.
See cruise fares for more details.
Can I take my dog on the lake cruise?
Well behaved dogs are welcome and free of charge.
What is the evening lake cruise?
The evening lake cruises are a special trip that leaves Keswick at 6.30pm on certain dates in July and August. These lake cruises last for approximately one hour, taking a tour of Derwentwater and includes commentary from our well known local guide. A glass of white wine or a soft drink is included in the price.
See summer evening lake cruises for more details.
Do you offer special rates for groups and private charters?
Yes, a discount is available for groups and private charters for 10 or more people. You can either book onto the normal scheduled launches, for either a round the lake cruise or for single journeys to different points around the lake i.e. to walk between two points and return to Keswick.
See private charters for more details.
Is disabled access available?
We have a ramp suitable for wheelchairs to gain access to Pier One at Keswick Boat Landings, however it is not possible to board the launch in a wheelchair. People with limited walking ability may be able to descend the four steps into the launch themselves.
Wheelchairs can be taken on some of the launches, but the person will need assistance to help them board the boat. Contact us to arrange.
When is boat hire available?
Boat hire is available from Easter until October (November if the weather is kind).
Do I need boating experience?
No boating experience is necessary as we provide full safety instructions, a sailing guide to the lake and life jackets for everyone on board.
How much does it cost to hire a boat on Derwentwater?
See boat hire for tariff information.
Where can I eat and drink around Derwentwater?
There are many places around the shores of Derwentwater where you can find refreshments. Both hotels and cafes just a short stroll from the jetties offer a warm welcome.
See food and drink guides for info on eating places around Derwentwater.
Are there walks suitable for families with small children?
A popular Derwentwater walk for families is from Hawse End to High Brandlehow. It is about 1 1/2 to 2 miles long and is flat. For this walk you will need to catch the anti-clockwise launch from Keswick at either 9.45am, 10.30am then half past every hour (Mid March to End of November – see cruise times) then return at 10 minutes to the hour or half past the hour from High Brandlehow. Normally a Family Ticket works out most economical for this walk unless the children are under 5.
See Derwentwater walk guides for more details.