19th February 2010

I needed to shop in Keswick so I walked around Derwent Water to get there


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 16.45
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 200 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Derwent Water shore path - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - The Ings - Friar's Crag - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Keswick

There are so many car parks and so many roadside options in Keswick I've grouped them all together into one. To state the obvious, the car parks all charge and the roadside parking is rather a hit and miss affair.


Route Map

I had a little bit of shopping to do in Keswick this afternoon so I thought why not walk the long way from the car park to the shop. In this case, the long way round was a circuit of Derwent Water, and on such a nice afternoon with plenty of time to spare, why not.

Below the bridge found on the main road into Keswick.

The Skiddaw fells seen from the landing stages at Hawes End.

Turning around and you see a snow topped Clough Head and Great Dodd in the distance. On the opposite side of the lake is Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.


In the grounds at Hawes End

Reflections at Hawes End landing stage or what's left of it.

Placed here to commemorate 100 years of The National Trust. The occasional treatment with moisturising hand cream wouldn't go amiss.

A lack of rain over recent weeks has resulted in a very low water level. It's hard to imagine what this was like a couple of months ago.


Lost, abandoned or just a local with a sense of adventure, , , , I've no idea, but whatever the reason, this dog seemed determined to adopt me for the afternoon. We first met at Hawes End, and it never really left my side until I reached the Lodore Hotel. I even hung about for a while, just in case its owners were following behind but there was no sign of anyone.
At one point I was beginning to wonder what I was supposed to do if it stayed with me all the way back to Keswick. Then, with no warning at all it ran towards the entrance of the hotel and that was the last I saw of it.

Looking across Great Bay towards the Lodore Hotel.

A snow capped Skiddaw seen from one of the boardwalks.


A long distance view up (or maybe it's down) the whole length of the lake.

Cat Bells seen from the bridge over the River Derwent.

I was on my own again now and following the path between Lodore and Kettlewell car park.

This didn't really look like hard work, but it certainly sounded like it. The only sound in an otherwise silent afternoon was these guys 'icebreaking' their way across Derwent Water.

Now this was strange; fascinating but strange. The thin layer of ice was slowly and steadily making its way towards the shoreline only to break off to form these piles of ice shards. It was like something you 'd expect to see in the arctic ocean, only on a small scale.

The northern fells, taken from Barrow Bay.



Keswick landing stages and the Skiddaw fells; all nicely lit up by the lowering sun..

Well, I suppose I'd better go and do what I actually came here for in the first place; before the shops close.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks