Derwent Water

Derwent Water

North Western Lake District

Route: Circuit of Derwent Water

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 26th April 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 11.3 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Bright spells but often cloudy, cold, some hail

I parked along the Headlands in Keswick, although this is a walk that could be started from a multitude of places along the route. After walking through Hope Park and past the Theatre by the Lake I arrived at the landing stages of Derwent Water, and from there followed the lakeshore path to Friar’s Crag (the subject of a recent much shorter walk)

I continued along the shore as far as Kettlewell car park, at which point it’s necessary to cross the road and walk through the woods for a short distance. I made a quick detour to see the Lodore Falls, then walked across the head of the lake over the Chinese Bridge and the boardwalk. This marked the half way point

From here I continued along the shoreline path to the foot of Derwent Water, crossed the suspension bridge beyond Portinscale, and followed the Cumbria Way back into Keswick

Following the disastrous flooding in December 2015, when most of this route would have been submerged and only accessible to strong swimmers, there was still some debris lying around in various places but I was glad to see that most of this has now gone following huge efforts by a great many people, and the surroundings were as beautiful as ever

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