18th October 2015

Around Derwent Water

Time in the morning
Duration Not sure
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent not very much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - 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


The top of Skiddaw seems to be in cloud as I look back across the bridge just outside Portinscale.


Looking ahead we see Cat Bells which seemed to have less people walking up it than you normally find on a Tuesday morning.
"but it isn't Tuesday"
"I never said it was. I just said there's normally more people than this on a Tuesday morning"

Even without any sunshine the autumn colours were lovely today. Here the trees block our view of Derwent Water and behind, Walla Crag / Bleaberry Fell rise above the opposite side of the lake.

Old Brandelhow - - the building, not the woman in the red hat.

A really nice woodland walk takes you down to the landing stage at Brandelhow Bay.

and here it is. The really calm conditions gave us some good reflections today.

Autumn reflections in Derwent Water.


The first section of boardwalk takes us to Great Bay.


The boardwalk continues past Great Bay and takes us through the long grasses to Chinese Bridge. I remember when there was a rickety old wooden boardwalk across here. You had to have good balance and quick reactions because half the planks were loose or missing and, you had to time your crossing so you reached one of the passing places at the same time as people traveling in the opposite direction - - - it wasn't very wide.

Jennifer crosses Chinese Bridge.


I think someone's pulled the plug out.


"Can't you keep the noise down a bit. We've come here for some peace and quiet"

Barrow Bay landing stage.

Despite the size of the packs these young lads still had spirits which were high enough to let them sing and whistle as they marched slowly towards Keswick. They may have had a lot to learn about rucksack packing skills but I couldn't help but think 'good on them' for managing to carry all this stuff. Particularly because some of them were a bit on the scrawny side. In fact, you could say there was more meat on Good Friday than there was on a few of these.

Back in Keswick and lady shoppers crisscross the main street looking for that elusive bargain of the day while their 'other halves' stand patiently outside waiting to be told which shop they're visiting next. Families that can't afford the 'eat in' option tuck into fish & chips in full view of passers by. A couple ask a dog if it's lost its owners and a guy uses his phone to check Google to see if Mountain Warehouse have a shop in Keswick. And as for me, I'm told we're going to Costa to get Jennifer a takeaway coffee. Just when I thought Jennifer had gone to Columbia to pick the coffee beans she came out of the shop with only one cup.
"where's mine"
"but you don't drink coffee"
"it's still nice to be asked isn't it"
"OK, , , do you want one"
"Err, no thanks"
, , , , I'd best not to put Jennifer's reply on here.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks