Derwent Water

Derwent Water

North Western Lake District

Route: Derwent Water – Brandelhow to Nichol End

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 18th July 2016

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and Phoebe

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather: Cloudy and very warm

We’re looking after our 2 year old granddaughter Phoebe for a few days, and today was the day she went on her first walk in the Lake District – the first of many I hope. Scafell Pike was not an option so we cast our minds back to when we brought our children here and one of the old favourites was to take the Keswick Launch along Derwent Water and walk back along the lakeshore

With that plan in mind we parked at Nichol End Marina. The clockwise launch was the first to come along and after an enjoyable ride we disembarked at Brandelhow

The lakeshore path follows the Cumbria Way and is very easy going. However 3 miles is quite a distance for a toddler and we had to use our shoulders and some adult cunning to get Phoebe to journey’s end, including some shameless bribes on the subject of ice cream. As luck would have it, and just as spirits were flagging, we arrived at the Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden. Since we were last here the estate has benefitted from a massive redevelopment and now boasts a new cafe ‘The Lingholm Kitchen’, full of tempting delights including – thank goodness – ice cream (note for adults: it also serves Loweswater Gold!). I can highly recommend a stop here, it’s superb

Suitably revived we made the short stroll back to Nichol End. Just after we set off for home Phoebe fell asleep and just after arriving home so did I – a sure sign of a good walk

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