17th September 2008

Half a sunny afternoon around Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 17.15
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Keswick - Strandshag Bay - Calfclose Bay - Lodore Hotel - Great Bay - Abbot's Bay - Victoria Bay - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Nicol End Marina - Portinscale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

Heading along the footpath between Portinscale and Keswick.

The main street in Keswick.

Hope Park was a busy place this afternoon. No doubt everyone was taking advantage of the sunshine; just as we were.

I'm sure this is a familiar scene to almost everyone who visits Keswick.

School children practicing their skills on the water. The guy in charge was telling them to paddle round and round as fast as they could. I was getting dizzy just watching them.

A very noisy member of the local Seagull population taking a rest on the end of the fence.
Honest; there really is a Seagull standing on the fence!

A little further on we passed another group of children. These ones were a bit older and had progressed from paddling around in circles to standing up. The two in the middle are getting ready to 'have a go'.

That's very thoughtful of someone I thought; then I tried to sit on it. Next time I'll bring a cushion.

I hope there isn't a big puddle in front of that car.

The section of path between the Borrowdale Road and the bridge seems to have been re-laid and raised up a little. I'm sure there must have been some thought and planning went into this, but I still can't see it being high enough to keep you out of the water when the whole area is flooded, which happens ever year. Hopefully I'm wrong.

The bridge over the River Derwent, with Cat bells behind.

This was the reason for coming here today; to see the new boardwalk.
The old timber boardwalk has been replaced with this plastic one, made out of recycled bottles. The work is a Bassenthwaite Reflections project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and lead by the National Trust.
How does he know that you may ask. There was a sign there telling people what is going on.

The view across the lake towards the Lodore hotel.


Walla Crag seen on the opposite side of Derwent Water.


Life in the undergrowth.

Giant hand sculptures, celebrating 100 years of the National Trust.


A very grey looking Blencathra seen from a very rickety looking landing stage.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks