16th October 2009

It was so nice, I came back and did a full circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 13.50 to 17.10
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 1000 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Cat Bells Path - Brandelhow Bay - Myrtle Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Stable Hills - Landing Stages - 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 seen from the Postinscale suspension bridge.

I had crystal clear conditions today, and while most people would have automatically headed up onto the fells, I intentionally did a lower level walk because it was far too nice to leave all this behind and simply view it from a distance. It was about as perfect as you could ever want an autumn day to be.



Looking back along the path which runs along the bottom of Cat Bells.

A little further around to the right now and showing Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Blencathra and Walla Crag.

A view straight across Derwent Water showing Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Down at the waters edge now and looking towards Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Blencathra.

Heading across the boardwalk around the southern end of the lake. If we must have a boardwalk to help us get through particularly wet areas then this is how they should be. Much better than the old wooden one.


Great Bay; the most southerly point on Derwent Water.

And again.

Looking down (or is it up?) the whole length of Derwent Water to the Northern fells.

Shepherds Crag seen from the recently renewed bridge over the River Derwent.

Time for something to eat; next to the bridge.

There were lots of climbers on Shepherds Crag this afternoon. Although I have to say this is far too close to nature for me.

This short section of path runs below the main road before following the headland around to Barrow Bay.


Now I was back at the same place we walked to yesterday, and if the place is a nice as this, , , why not go there two days in a row.

At the moment, the water level is low enough to let you follow the waters edge along this section of the lake. It doesn't seem that long ago that the water was lapping against the trees you can see in this picture.


Derwent water, seen at its most tranquil.

What a way to relax.

The Hundred Year Stone.

The track leading to Stable Hillls.



I'm assuming these are the remains of some old landing stages. I have no idea what happened to the bit you actually walk on, but these posts have been here as long as I can ever remember.

The landing stages at Keswick.

Looking back along the track towards Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks