2nd May 2016

A circuit of Derwent Water

Time 1:30 to 4:30pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent hardly any ascent
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


Yesterday it rained all day - - - big sigh.
Today, it only rained in the morning so once it had stopped I left home to have a walk. I had a few routes in mind today but once I realised how windy it was I talked myself into having a lower level walk instead. Even though the wind would have been managable I just didn't fancy it so here I am standing on the bridge just outside Portinscale and looking across to Latrigg and Lonscale Fell.

A Nichol End Marina view across to Latrigg, Keswick (sort of) Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow seen as I reach the road at the bottom of Cat Bells.

Looking across Derwent Water to Bleaberry Fell and some of the Central fells.

Looking back I see Walla Crag and Blencathra with a few patches of snow clinging to its side.


Here you see the house on Brandelhow Point. I don;t suppose the house was flooded during last winters storms but it must have been cut off from the 'mainland' for a while. I hope they had the pantry well stocked.



Walking through the woods at Manesty Park.

The River Derwent seen from Chineese Bridge.


A long distance view down Derwent Water to the Skiddaw fells.


A seat with a view.

Looking up to Walla Crag.

Blimey, it's not exactly busy for a bank holiday is it.


Back in Keswick it was really quiet for a bank holiday, in fact the whole walk wasn't exactly what you'd call busy. Perhaps the mornings rain put people off. From here I walked through the town and across to Portinscale where I had time to think about how much I'd enjoyed the walk. As it turned out I'm pleased I stuck to the valley where I was able to remind myself that the great outdoors has lots more to offer than the fells themselves.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks