21st June 2013

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 2.40 to 6pm
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent Not much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - footpath along lakeside - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Keswick
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

As far the the weather goes, this was the best I'd expected it to be this afternoon. It was cloudy, but that didn't really matter, it was dry which was good and it was quite warm which was a nice bonus. What I didn't realise was that it would turn out to be a gorgeous summers afternoon with more blue than grey up above us.

A nice colourful scene at Nichol End Marina.

A close up of Cat Bells.

Heading down to Derwent Water from Hawse End Centre.

"I think the boat's on it's way"

Keswick launch.

The hands.

Looking across Derwent Water to Blencathra.

Walking through Brandelhow Park.

A close up of Abbot's Bay House and, , ,

, , , the boat house.

Manesty Park.

We're out of Manesty Park now and ready to cross the first of the boardwalk sections around this end of the lake.

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell seen across Great Bay.

A close up of Walla Crag. The air was incredibly clear this afternoon as this picture shows.

A long distance view across Derwent Water to the Skiddaw fells.

Shepherds Crag behind Chinese Bridge.

Climbers on Shepherds Crag.


What the hell is wrong with some of the stupid people out there. It's bad enough that they didn't have the decency to take the litter away with them but to arrange it in an artistic way like this is just adding insult to injury.
Perhaps a good smack in the mouth would make them think twice before doing stuff like this in the future. Then again, because of the way things work in this country, the person who left this mess would then become the victim rather than the deserving recipient of a thick lip.

At least they had a nice view when they were leaving a mess behind.



No doubt taking advantage of the dry and sunny weather.

A view into Borrowdale.

Back in Keswick now and the conversation turned to what we were having to eat when we got home.

"Why wait till we get home. Lets just go to the chippy instead"

I can just hear the telephone conversation now
"Good afternoon Acme signwriters. How can we help you"
"Hello, it's about the sign I recently purchased from you, , , , well, it isn't quite right so I'd like my money back"
"I'm sorry sir, but we can only offer a 50% refund. I agree the text is the wrong way round but the arrow is definitely pointing in the correct direction"

And as we ate our tea we enjoyed a view of the northern fells.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks