Derwentwater unveils first new jetty for half a century
Daily sailings get underway to historic Lingholm estate
A brand new 200 foot long jetty on Derwentwater has welcomed its first passengers on board, following the introduction of new daily services linking Keswick with the Lingholm estate. It is the first new landing stage on the lake for more than 50 years and has been built to co-incide with the newly opened Lingholm Kitchen and Victorian Walled Garden.
Keswick Launch will now run up to seven daily sailings until the end of October, before switching to three return trips per day during the winter months.
It is the first time people have been able to hop on a boat at Keswick for the short trip across Derwentwater to the Lingholm estate. It is here where Beatrix Potter spent many summers in the late 19th century and famously penned some of her most famous stories, including Squirrel Nutkin and the first manuscript of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
A new footpath has also been created from the lakeshore so visitors arriving at Lingholm by boat can enjoy previously private views from the estate across to Skiddaw – one of the highest mountains in England. The more adventurous can continue up to the heady heights of Catbells, or make a pitstop at the Lingholm’s new café, shop and Victorian Walled Garden.
Lingholm Estate Director Jenny Seymour, says, “Travelling by boat is the quintessential way to explore the Lake District, so it seems fitting that people can now arrive at Lingholm on a traditional Lakeland launch. It’s exciting to think that this is the first new landing stage on Derwentwater for more than half a century and we hope it will enhance the overall experience for anyone visiting this iconic landscape and our new café and garden development here at Lingholm.”
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