9th February 2013

A damp day at Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent Not much
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow Woods - Great Bay - Chinese Bridge
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

I was half pleased the weather wasn't very good today as I'd woke up with twinges of sciatica; which I haven't felt for ten years or more. Anyway; bitter memories came flooding back and reminded me when that happens walking up and down big hills isn't a good idea. Thankfully, by the time I'd reached the far end of the lake I seemed to have walked it off a bit.

Now I'm really confused. It can't have taken me over 2 hours to walk this far and I could have sworn today was Saturday.

That looks slippery so I’m going no further

If it weren't for the drops of water on the lens you'd think it was dry walking along here. It wasn't though, I had that horrible drizzle to contend with; wet enough to need a jacket but dry enough to leave the hood down.

Brandelhow Woods offer a nice alternative to the more popular lakeshore route. Particularly on a day such as this one when you're not likely to get a view from the side of the lake anyway.

With a bit of work this would make a nice house for someone with enough imagination and motivation to renovate an old building like this. Speaking for myself, I don't have the imagination and I certainly couldn't motivate myself enough to do this type of thing. I view changing a light bulb as a big project and I can't wait to get it over with.

and now from the other side.


This is the landing stage at Brandelhow Bay. As the calmness of the water suggests, there wasn't a breath of wind along here and the constant drizzle did nothing to spoil the enjoyment.

Surprisingly, I hadn't seen anyone else since I said hello to the lady who had parked behind me when I set off from Portinscale. It wasn't quite as deserted on the opposite side of the lake.

Branelhow Point reflections.

Now you see me, , ,  

, , , now you don't.

Actually, the bird wasn't playing hide and seek, it was using its feet to stir up the stones on the bottom of the lake (hence the bubbles). It then watched carefully for a while and then bent down to eat whatever was crawling about down there.


"There's no need for that. I only wanted to take your picture."

Cat Bells puts in a brief appearance on the opposite side of Great Bay.

On the boardwalk.

Looking up to t'other end of Derwent Water.

Make good of the view cos it won't last.

The River Derwent.

Somewhere in among all that cloud is Cat Bells.

As I have something to eat Keswick Launch passes by.
I wonder if that's the same seagull I was watching earlier.

Castle Crag breaks through the cloud beyond the southern end of the lake.
okay, that's not strictly true, Castle Crag didn't really break through, it was the cloud that moved out of the way.

This picture sort of sums the day up. Calm, peaceful but more than anything else, very grey.
I'm pleased I wasn't kneeling here when the tide was in.


A rainy Saturday afternoon at Keswick Market.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks