Derwent Water from Castle-crag
Artist: Emes, I.
View of Derwent water in Cumbria. William Gilpin, in his book ‘Observations on Several Parts of England, Especially the Lakes’, published in 1786, described the lake in the following words,
“The lake of Derwent of Keswick Lake, as it is generally called, is contained within a circumference of about ten miles; presenting itself in a circular form, tho in fact it is rather oblong. It’s area is interspersed with four or five island; three of which only are of consequence, Lord’s island, Vicar’s island and St Herbert’s island… But thou the whole shore, except the spot where we stood, is incircled with mountains; they rarely fall abruptly into the water; which is girt almost round by a margin of meadow- on the western shore especially”.