29th May 2006

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 11.55 to 16.55
Duration 5 hr
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent 1617 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Fawe Park - Derwent Bay - Level (dis) - Allerdale Ramble - Ellers Beck - Great Bay - Derwent Water - River Derwent - Canon Dub - B5289 - Cat Gill - Low Crag Wood - Barrow Bay - Landing Stages - Calf Close Bay - Stable Hills - The Ings - Strandshag Bay - Friar's Crag - Boat Houses - Landing Stages - Boat House - Theatre - 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

A colourful scene at Nichol End.
I had a low level walk today by doing a circuit of Derwent Water, although before I set off I was in two minds about doing a walk in this area on a Bank Holiday. As it turned out it was really quite, almost like walking midweek during school term.

Another picture from Nichol End, with Lonscale Fell and Latrigg behind.

From the road near Gutherscale looking across Newlands Valley to Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.

Zooming in on Blencathra.

Another spell of warm sunshine as we were walking along the path above the Grange to Portinscale road.
Skiddaw, Skiddaw Lesser Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Blencathra are behind.


As we were walking along the wooden walkway next to Great Bay another band of rain reached us. The most exposed section of the walk and the heaviest rain; I suppose it was a Bank Holiday after all.

Less than ten minutes later and it was back to warm sunshine and blue sky as we crossed the River Derwent, almost at the point that it enters Derwent Water. The Skiddaw fells are behind.

A close up of Keswick Launch and Skiddaw, taken from the headland near Barrow Bay.

Calfclose Bay.

Looking across Derwent Water to Cat Bells.

Keswick Launch again, this time at the landing stages in Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks