21st June 2015

A circuit of Derwent Water

Time 9:50am to 1pm
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent not ver much
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Friar's Crag - 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


Today's walk begins with a picture of Grisedale Pike taken from the end of the road where I parked.



Th lack of trees this section allows for a view of Cat Bells.

A close up of Cat Bells.

Causey Pike and Barr, seen from the road at the bottom of Cat Bells.

Looking back for a view of Skiddaw, which turned out to be topped with cloud. Over on the right hand side is Blencathra.

I got caught in two showers while I was out this morning the first one came about two minutes after setting off and the second one was along here. It didn't last long but an umbrella would have been most welcome for the short time I had water trickling down the back of my neck.

Here I drop down to the lake shore.


Looking towards Castle Crag (centre with the trees), Glaramara (left) and Great End (right of Castle Crag).

Derwent Water doesn't look very wide from this angle. On the opposite side are Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell.

Great Bay.

Looking across the boardwalk to Shepherds Crag.

From the southernmost end Derwent Water I see that despite it brightening up, the cloud had dropped a little on the higher fells.

Standing on Chinese Bridge and looking downstream along the River Derwent to Derwent Water

and now looking up stream.


A close up of Causey Pike.

A view back along the side Derwent Water, taken near the Hundred Year Stone.

Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

Low tide at Derwent Water.


I blame the fact that people rely technology to tell them where they are instead of working it out for themselves.
Sat Nav verses a paper map, , , , , , I rest my case.

Market Place Keswck.

And to finish, a close up of the sunshine on the bottom of Cat Bells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks