15th May 2011

A wet circuit of Detwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 11.30 to 16 20
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 9.1 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Jill & Nigel Batchelor
Keswick - Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Friar's Crag - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre

The boat house next to Derwent Water

Route Map

I think the ducks were trying to tell us we must be quackers for setting out on a day like this.

Today we'd arranged to meet with Jill and Nigel for a walk while they were on holiday in the Keswick. Unfortunately the weather didn't like our plans so it decided to lower the cloud and send rain all day. We thought of a few lower fells that we could have walked on straight from Keswick, but in the end, it seemed like our best chance of not getting quite so wet and of getting a view was to keep off the fells altogether.

At Nichol End.

Looking ahead towards Cat Bells.

The best view we could hope for today was from the path around the flank of Cat Bells.

It was time for something to eat so we made for one of the picnic tables (out of picture) near Brandelhow landing stage.


A splash of colour an otherwise grey day.

Keswick and the Skiddaw fells are over there in among the murk.

Chinese Bridge.

Walking through Strutta wood, accompanied by the lovely small of wild garlic.


Water off a duck (lings) back.

Waterproof trousers, jackets and hoods up, , , yes, it was still raining.

It wasn't exactly crowded on the launch this afternoon. Perhaps people were thinking twice before parting with their cash to sit in constant drizzle with no views.

Jill and Nigel's accommodation for the week was the boathouse. If it's a view you're after then the one from the inside of here is hard to beat; on a clear day of course.

Here's a view you don't see very often, taken from the (slippery) end of the private landing stage.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks