26th September 2014

A circuit of Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 2:10 to 5:10pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent hardly any
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - 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


A regular walk of mine is to do a circuit of Derwent Water (you've probably noticed that), and here I am again. It was sunny and warm with a bit of a breeze thrown to made perfect conditions for a lower level walk. As always it was an enjoyable few hours in an area I have a particular fondness for. Here I'm standing on the suspension bridge just outside Portinscale and looking across towards Latrigg.

Portinscale Village. I'm not going that way, I needed to turn left to get to where I was heading.

Looking across to the Skiddaw fells from Nichol End Marina.

Foxy Lady.

One of the other options is to take that path down there. It gets you to the lakeside sooner but for no particular reason, I stick to the slightly higher path today.
On the opposite side of the lake are Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.


A view across Derwent Water to the northern fells.

The woodland footpath.

A close up of Cat Bells.

Blimey, if they don't hurry up and find the plug there won't be enough water left for a decent paddle.


Looking back along the boardwalk.


A long distance look down the lake to the northern fells.

Chinese Bridge and Shepherds Crag.

I stood here for a few minutes watching the River Derwent slowly working its way towards Derwent Water; all the while enjoying the warm sunshine on my face. A lovely place on a lovely day and a great feeling of satisfaction just by being here.


The path below the road. If you come here when the lake supports a more normal water level you'd see the edge of the water lapping against the big stones next to the path.



Cat Bells silhouette.

Approaching the Keswick landing stages.

I'm not sure what the flags were put out for, unless it's to celebrate the dry summer we've had this year.

At the landing stages and looking towards the north western fells.

Not far from the car now after another successful circuit of Derwent Water. Over on my right hand side are the Skiddaw Fells standing out clearly beyond the sunlit fields and trees.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks