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Discover Beatrix Potter’s Derwentwater by Canoe and Walk


Beatrix Potter spent some of her summers in the Keswick and Derwentwater area. Here she drew inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Squirrel Nutkin. Let Eden Outdoor Adventures take you on a journey to discover some of the places she visited and sketched for her famous children's books.

Canoe on Derwentwater and see views of Fawe Park and Lingholm, the houses Beatrix' family stayed in for holidays and the gardens she used as part of Mr McGregor’s world. Land on St Herbert’s Island where Old Brown lived in the Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and then canoe to Hawes End and walk to Skelgill and then Little Town in the Newlands Valley, to discover the home of Lucy and places associated with the Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle, before catching the Keswick launch back to Keswick.

If you do not want to canoe, then the tour can be done by using the Keswick Launch, but this does not allow a visit to St Herbert's island.


This journey involves some canoeing and walking so a reasonable level of fitness is required but no previous experience is necessary.

Outline Itinerary for the day:

9.30 am Meet at the Keswick Launch piers near the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick - for canoes or journey by launch.

Paddle canoes past Fawe Park and Lingholm and then land on St Herbert's island.

11.00 am Paddle to Hawes End and leave canoes.

11.30 am Walk to Littletown via Skelgill. Stop for lunch at the cafe at Littletown or have a picnic. Return to Hawes End via Yewthwaite mines, near where Mrs Tiggywinkle lived. Either canoe or catch the launch back to Keswick. 

4.00 pm approx Arrive back at Keswick Launch piers

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up to 5 people £150

Per extra person £20

Discount for families


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Optional Extras:

For those looking to make the trip a little easier we can organise for you to take the launch to Hawes End rather than canoeing there, but this would mean you would not visit St Herbert’s Island.

What is Included:

A qualified canoe instructor and guide to help you make the most of your journey.

Use of canoes and all safety equipment


What is Excluded:

Fee for Keswick launch

Food and drink - bring a drink and snack for our stop on St Herbert's island.  There is a cafe at Littletown Farm (summer only) or bring a picnic.

Waterproofs, rucksacks and walking poles - these can be hired for a small fee

Walking boots or shoes - suitable for summer walking


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