10th February 2012

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 16.10
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent NA
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Lakeside 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

The river Derwent seen here from Portinscale Suspension Bridge.

and now looking up stream.

My God, health and safety would have a field day if they saw this guy. He must be breaking every rule in the book from not using a harness to working with an TV aerial down the back of your pants.

Nichol End Marina.

Looking over Derwent Water from Nichol End.

Walking through Fawepark, , , yes, that's Fawepark not Fawe Park. I don't make the rules, I just try to stick to them.

I can't argue with this, I never saw a stile all the way round.



Looking across to Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell.

Brandelhow Point.

There are lots of (named) bays around Derwent Water, this one of Brandelhow Bay.

The boardwalk runs intermittently from here all the way to Chinese Bridge. What I don't understand is why they never continued the boardwalk from the bridge to the Borrowdale road. After a few days heavy rain, that's the section that floods the most. Anyone who has walked as far as the bridge and then had to face knee deep water will know what I'm talking about.

Tussocks !!

More Boardwalk.

Cat Bells above Derwent Water.

The River Derwent seen just before it enters the lake. The Skiddaw fells are under cloud in the distance.


Walking on water.


Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

This is the landing stage at the bottom of the Watendlath road or rather opposite the road end.

A view down Derwent Water.

I should have made a point of sitting on everyone of these seats, because come the holiday season everyone would be occupied.


Closed until demand increases.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks