13th April 2014

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 10am to 1:30pm
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent not much to be honest
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - 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


Cloud topped northern fells taken from the landing stage at nichol end marina.

Nichol End marina.


Don't go too near the water or you might get bitten by an alligator or something.

That's the path leading down to the lake shore, but today we took the slightly higher route which joins up with the lake further along. On the opposite side of the lake are Walla Crag. Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.


On route we passed by this old farm building which seems to be in quite good condition despite it's feeling of abandonment.

Just past the building and you get a long distance view across to the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.


Following the woodland track to the lake.

Down by the lake now and to our surprise, the place seemed very quiet for the time of year and the start of the Easter holidays.

A close up of the big house at Brandelhow Point.


Looking towards the Jaws of Borrowdale. The pointed fell in the middle is Castle Crag.

The view back along the boardwalk.

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

As we got near to Kettlewell Car Park Jennifer suggested we had crisps to go with the sandwiches we had. Needless to say I sat next to the lake while Jennifer went to try and buy the goods, , , don't all blokes do that.
Anyway: Jennifer came across empty handed and told me conversation she'd just had.
"Can I have two packets of crisps please. ready salted and cheese & onion"
the guy hands her two packets of crisps
"no, , , , ready salted"
the guy takes one packet back and hands another over
"no, , , , I want ready salted" the guy looks blank "the red packet, that one there"
the guy hands over a red packet
"two pound"
"how much"
"two pound for you"
"you must be joking, it doesn't matter I've changed my mind"
"why not"
"I'm not paying that much when you can get them for half that price in normal shops"
"that's not my problem"

Well, as I said to Jennifer, it is his problem because his rudeness and rip off policy has cost him a sale. And, I suspect other people object to being treated like this and walk away without buying anything as well.

Cat Bells, seen on the opposite side of the lake.


The hundred year stone. Only a few months ago the water level was at the top of the stones.


Keswick launch.

I'll bet those folk wouldn't have been standing there in January. Just look at the 'tide mark' to see how high the water level has been.


"I thought you said you knew how to use those things"
"I do, I'm just practicing going around in circles.

Blimey, I'd be too embarrassed to even try.

The park was looking nice today with lots of flowers and buds beginning to open up.

On the final section of the walk between Keswick and Portinscale we enjoyed warm sunshine, typical isn't it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks