6th July 2012

Back from holidays for a wet walk around Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 13.40 to 16.20
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 9.1 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with On my own
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
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

What on earth has happened to the weather, , , , we go away for almost three weeks and when we get back we find out it's rained almost every day in the UK and caused all sorts of disruption. Hopefully it'll improve now that I'm back so I can get the fell walking back into top gear. Rain or not, it's nice to reacquaint myself with the place after a three week absence.

Portinscale tea rooms seems to be a popular place for cyclists today and, , ,

, , , Nichol End seems to be popular with school kids.
Considering what they're going to be doing, they probably couldn't care less that it's forecast to bucket down later on in the afternoon.

A view ahead to Cat Bells. I'm not going up there today, just around the left hand side.

Standing at the northern end of Cat Bells you get this view over Newlands Valley to Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.

Looking towards Skiddaw and Derwent Water from the path along the side of Cat Bells.

Cat Bells was temptingly close today and at this point I almost changed my mind and headed up there instead. If I had, I may have missed most of the heavy rain towards the end of the walk.

It was along here that it actually started raining, but for the time being it was just that annoying 'too wet to be dry and too dry to be wet' stuff so I didn't bother to put on the waterproofs as it was far too warm.

Down by the waters side.

Almost, but not quite black and white.

That's Castle Crag in the middle of the photo. It's height is 951ft, , , , remember that number for later on, or scribble it on a piece of paper or you could just scroll back up the page when the time comes.


Shepherds Crag seen from Chinese Bridge.

The River Derwent flowing into Derwent Water.

No takers for afternoon tea next to the river today.


It looks like the tide has been in while we were away.
I had to admit defeat along here and the waterproof jacket and trousers were taken out of the bag and made to earn their keep.

Bucketing down.

Today, , , ,
I have been mostly remembering how hot and sunny it was on holiday.


The lack of people says it all.

And where did we go? Into the Mediterranean on this ship for 17 days.
And how long is the ship? Exactly the same as Castle Crag is high.
Most of the pictures I took were what you'd call 'proper' holiday snaps and probably of little interest to anyone other than us two. However, I'm not greedy, so here are just a few photos from a couple of the places we visited.

The Greek island of Katacolon.

Dubrovnik in Croatia. Seen here from the viewing station at the top cable car ride we took.

In the centre of Dubrovnik. It looks very quiet but I took this picture first thing in the morning. By the afternoon the place was absolutely packed, and no wonder, this is a gorgeous place to visit and certainly one of our favourites. I believe the temperature topped 37 degrees today.

Arguably the highlight of the holiday were the two days in Venice. I took this photo from the ship as we sailed past St Mark's Square at about 7:30 in the morning.

An hour and a bit later the ship had docked and we were in the centre of the city.

The Grand Canal seen from the Rialto Bridge.

Crowds building in St Mark's Square.

After Venice we went to Korcula on the opposite side of the Adriatic in Croatia. This was our first visit here and weren't disappointed at all. It wasn't a big place by any means, but we had a great day wandering around its narrow streets and walking along the sea front.

Real boats.

Sailing away from Korcula.

I did say there were only a few pictures. We actually visited other places as well, but those photos are for our eyes only.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks