21st August 2016

Around Derwent Water

Time 9am to 12:30pm
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 9.4 mile
Ascent hardly any
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Great Wood - 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, I have a walk around Derwent Water and as the saying goes, "why not".







Autumn is on the way.





From here it looks like there's a dry route across to the main Borrowdale road but I've been here more times than I can remember so I know that little bit of water on the path is much deeper than it looks. I also know the route to take as a dry alternative.



On the dry route. Don't follow the sign or the proper path through here because that's even wetter than the path I'm avoiding in the first place.


As I said, it's deeper than it looks. The lady at the back was walking up to her knees in water - - - me, I was completely dry.


A close up of Cat Bells.

And to finish, a picture looking back towards Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks