Derwent Water

Route: Derwent Water

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 29th March 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Lucy, Phoebe and baby Bobby 

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny

With two grandchildren aged 1 and 4 in our party today, Scafell Pike wasn’t an option and we cast our minds back to one of our favourite walks when our own children were toddlers. As we’d done many times in the past we parked the car at Nichol End in good time to catch the Keswick Launch, which operates a service both clockwise and anti-clockwise around Derwent Water. Our boat duly came in and we spent an enjoyable 15 minutes sailing along the west shore of the lake before disembarking at High Brandelhow. We judged that this would be as far as Phoebe would walk and I could carry young Bobby. Anyone wanting to shorten or lengthen this walk could easily do so by disembarking at one of the other jetties

We set off along the lakeshore back through Brandelhow Park. I’d walked part of this route only 3 days ago, but the scenery is so good that it would be impossible to grow tired of it. At Otterbield Bay we climbed up past the Hawse End Outdoor Centre and walked above the shore to reach Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden – a perfect place for lunch, and well timed too as young legs were tiring

Energy supplies topped up, it was an easy stroll back through the woods to Nichol End to the end of a perfect walk for young and old alike. The photos which follow include a few for the family album

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