6th October 2013

A wet day around Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 10:15am to 2pm
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent not much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Keswick - Landing Stages - Stable Hills - Barrow Bay - Great Bay - Derwent Water shore path - Nichol End - Portinscale
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

The Skiddaw fells are up there in among the clouds and although the top half of the fells are out of view, the bottom half seemed very clear indeed; for the time being at least.

Heading along the track between Portinscale and Keswick.

The guy outside the shop is in for a shock when he sees a giraffe standing behind him.

Not the best day for messing about on the water. Hence all the boats still being here.

The footpath to Friar's Crag.

Rain was clearly moving down the lake towards us.

Cat Bells and Maiden Moor seen on the opposite side of the lake.

Looking across to Stable Hills (the house). Our route will take us around t'other side of the house.

The Hundred Year Stone.

I think this one is called the Marie Celeste.

It was here that Jennifer asked if I really wanted to walk all the way round in the pouring rain. "I don't mind to be honest, but it would be easier to carry on from here anyway"

On the boardwalk with my back to the rain.

Manesty Park.

Around the headland at Brandelhow Bay we go.

A sheltered spot for something to eat.

The hands.

Hawes End jetty.

That's all today folks. The rain was becoming heavier so the camera was put in the bag for the rest of the walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks