Derwent Water

Route: Circuit of Derwent Water

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 27th September 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 10.5 miles

Weather: Cloudy, grey and very hazy

We’d planned to climb a fell today but is was very hazy and the views would have been poor, so we settled on a low level walk around Derwent Water. We parked in the village of Portinscale, which was convenient for us, but this is a walk that could be started from numerous places, as a glance at the map will show. After walking along the road out of Portinscale for a short distance we turned off at Nichol End to follow the path through Fawe Park, and past Lingholm

We walked through Brandelhow and Manesty Park, both of which were looking particularly beautiful in their early autumn colours. When we reached the head of the lake we crossed the Chinese Bridge over the River Derwent to start the return leg along the eastern shore of the lake. Unless water levels are very high, it’s possible to avoid use of the nearby road entirely, and such was the case today. As we walked along we discussed the relative merits of the west and east shores of the lake and agreed that the west shore is much to be preferred, even though it’s the path on the east shore that bears the most foot traffic thanks to its proximity to Keswick

After passing by Friar’s Crag, we arrived at the Theatre by the Lake, where we turned left to follow a path around Crow Park. This meant that we missed most of Keswick and after a short walk through the outskirts of the town we joined the Cumbria Way and crossed the suspension bridge to arrive back in Portinscale. It had been a grey day, with most of the surrounding fells obscured in the thick haze, but the beauty of the surroundings shone through nevertheless and we were pleased with the route we’d picked

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