3rd September 2010

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 12.50 to 16.05
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 9.5 mile
Ascent 500 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nicol End - Fawe Park - path below Cat Bells - Brackenburn - Manesty - Lodore - Barrow Bay - Shoreline path to 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

For weeks now I've been itching to have a walk up Kirk Fell, yet for one reason or another I've always ended up walking somewhere else. Today's seemingly feeble reason for postponement was the haze and its resulting poor visibility. I know some would say that if you want to do it then just go and do it instead of waiting. That's all very well, but having the luxury of choice and opportunity up my sleeve, and a desire to get a clear view, I saw no harm in backing out again and doing for a lower level walk instead.

The river Derwent seen from the suspension bridge just outside Portinscale.

Nichol End Marina.

From the same spot I took this picture looking across Derwent Water to the Skiddaw fells.



Somewhere around the highest point on the walk I took this photo across Derwent Water.

Hazy Borrowdale.

A close up of Ashness Farm.

And not so close up.

Cat Bells and Manesty, seen from the start of the path across to the Lodore side of the valley.


Walking past Great Bay; the southern most point of Derwent Water.

Cat Bells reflected in Great Bay.

It looks like someone has made a full time job out of working on this bridge. Almost every time I walk this way work is being carried out on one side or the other of the bridge.

A long distance view to Skiddaw.


It's hard to imagine that during last November's floods, the water was almost level with the road.


Borrowdale silhouettes.

It's hardly surprising but it was packed around Keswick today, no doubt everyone was enjoying the hot, sunny weather as much as I was.

If only it were this simple, , , , throw in a coin, make a wish and it's yours. But what would your wish be?

Well that was a great afternoon. It was possibly one of the hottest all summer and apart from the occasional hello, I spent an afternoon in this gorgeous place with only myself and my thoughts for company.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks