24th December 2014

A Christmas Eve walk from Portinscale


Walk Overview
Time 9:30am to 12:30pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 1000 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Bottom of Cat Bells - Cat Bells Terrace - Derwent Water - Brandelhow Park - Hawes End - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


O my God. We hadn't expected to see this much water everywhere and to be honest we didn't want to see this much. Today is the first of ten days off work and I was wishing for some settled, dry and calm weather. Never mind, it is the Lake District after all.

Looks like the tide is in.

Nichol End Marina was under water as we passed today. The poor guy at the marina was sweeping water out of the downstairs cafe and he told us that Derwent Water had risen by over a foot yesterday. It rained at home just about all day yesterday but I hadn't realised it had put quite so much down.


Cat Bells comes into view as we leave the shelter of the trees for a little while.

Causey Pike and Barrow.

We look ahead to the far end of Derwent water and see a shower passing across the area. That one missed us but several others thought we'd look better wearing waterproofs.

A view over Derwent Water to Keswick and the northern fells. Skiddaw on the left (under cloud) and Blencathra on the right (topped with cloud)

Looking across to the Lodore end of Derwent Water. The arrow is pointing at Chinese Bridge.

I can't see anyone crossing over here for a few days. Nobody with any sense anyway.

Cut off by the rising water.
It's a good job Father Christmas can fly in on his sleigh otherwise the folk in this house might be disappointed tomorrow morning.



I suppose we'll have to find somewhere else to sit down.

We didn't put it to the test.

You have a couple of different options here. The obvious one is to stick to the lake shore path and the route we followed today takes a higher level path which would keep you away from any potentially flooded areas.
Given the amount of water there was everywhere, it seemed sensible to take a route away from the lake.

Study the flow of water, plan your move, , , ,
, , , and go for it.

Old Brandelhow.

This is why we we didn't follow the lake shore route.

Blimey, the water must have been freezing.

Derwent Water rain forest.

Well, we didn't exactly get the weather we'd hoped for but a walk around here never fails to please. Here you have a view looking across to Causey Pike, Barrow and high up on the left is Grisedale Pike.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks