3rd April 2009

Springtime around Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 14.25 to 17.45
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 9.7 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path below Cat Bells - Manesty - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Stable Hills - Keswick - 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

The River Derwent taken from the suspension bridge at Portinscale.

A gorgeous afternoon in Portinscale.

A blast from the past.

I didn't intend to walk here today, but it was so hazy across on the west side of the lakes that I headed inland in the hope of getting clearer conditions. Even though it was much better across here, you can see it was still rather hazy and far from clear. Despite this and the lack of long distant views, it was still a really enjoyable afternoon in lovely warm sunshine.


A hazy view across to Cat Bells.

And from the same spot, looking in the opposite direction.

And not before time.
Not only are the two workman are painting double yellow lines on the road, but there also seems to be the beginnings of a fence springing up around the sharpest part of the bend. Of course none of this would have been necessary if people could be bothered to park properly in the first place. The bottom line is; if people really want to walk up Cat Bells then they should be prepared to park somewhere suitable and walk to the fell like the rest of us do.

Derwent Water seen from the path across the the side of the fell.

It's a bit hazy, but the fell on the opposite side of the lake are Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

It's hard to believe on such a nice day, but these were the only two people I passed between the bottom of Cat Bells and Manesty.

Well, this was about as high as I reached today and it was already time to drop down to the valley.

Great Bay, Derwent Water.

A close up of the climbers on Shepherds Crag. Far too close to nature for me !


Walking between the lake and the road. I'm sure you can see the lake (it's the wet thing on the left), although out of site, the road is on level with the top of the wall.


The hazy view across the lake made what is normally a very colourful scene into a soft black and white picture of silhouettes.

"There's no need to run off, I only want to take your picture".




Keswick Launch. Notice how low the water level is.

Looking back to Keswick from the path to Portinscale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks