Derwent Water

Derwent Water

Route: Low Brandelhow to Nichol End

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 25th July 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Phoebe, Phil, Denise and Elsie

Distance: 2.5 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather: Sunny and very warm

Gilly and I were looking after our granddaughter Phoebe, and Phil and Denise were visiting with their granddaugher Elsie, so Scafell Pike was not an option for today’s walk, especially on a very warm day such as this. We decided to resort to an old family favourite, a route we followed many times when our children were young

We parked at Nichol End Marina on the shore of Derwent Water with the aim of taking the Keswick Launch along the lake and walking back from one of the various jetties. As we were driving over, it occurred to us that some of the jetties, including Nichol End, might be inaccessible in view of the recent drought. A lack of rain for over two months has left water levels very low, lower than I can recall. Our prediction turned out to be correct, but disappointment was averted when the helpful and enterprising owner of Nichol End offered us a lift across the lake to Keswick in a smaller boat. From there we would be able to take the launch to Brandelhow and carry on with our planned walk. We figured that Low Brandelhow would be a good starting point, but there are other possibilities depending on the age and fitness of the party

After an enjoyable ride, with superb views from the boat, we disembarked and started the walk, initially along the shoreline of Derwent Water. The easy path then took us away from the lake and through woodland and parkland to Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, where we were able to fulfil our promises of ice cream for the grandchildren. After strolling around the superb kitchen garden we followed an easy path back to the start of a perfect short family walk

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