22nd July 2011

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 17.00
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Manesty - 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

Grisedale Pike seen here towering above Portinscale.

Portinscale village.

Nichol End Marina.


I was out of the woods for a little while now as I walked across The Park. It helps if the sun isn't directly in front of you, but you get a good view of Cat Bells from here.

Looking across to Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.

And from the same place, a view further around to the right.

Rather than sticking to the lake shore, I took a slightly higher route by following this track around the side of Cat Bells. I did this for two reasons today; one was to get the views and the other was to stay on the sunshine.

Bleaberry Fell, seen on the opposite side of Derwent Water.

Looking southwards towards the Grange Fell area of Borrowdale.

Carl Side, Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man.

Time to head down so I can cross over the valley and start to walk down the opposite side of the lake.

The evidence on the old stone gate post show this used to be a 'gated road'. Obviously this was before cars became too fast and drivers became too impatient.


Manesty; below Maiden Moor.

Thankfully the black clouds you see here held onto their cargo and I remained dry for the whole walk. It chucked it down this morning over on the west side and apparently some other areas of the lakes got a good soaking this afternoon so I think I did pretty well.

Someone turned the light off for a while.

Cat Bells seen from Great Bay.

Following the boardwalk over to the Lodore side of Borrowdale


This was insect paradise today so I was time to quicken the pace before I get eaten alive.

Looking down an almost flat calm Derwent Water.


I arrived in Keswick with just enough time to call in at the second hand book shop to swap some cash for a couple of books. A nice little find was a book from the 1800s called "Ascents and Passes in the Lake District of England, being a new Pedestrian and General Guide to the District". Books just don't seem to get titles like this anymore.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks