Friars Crag Derwent Water

Friars Crag

North Western Lake District

Route: Friars Crag

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 15th April 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.5 miles

Ascent: 100 feet

Weather: cloudy

We’d planned a longer walk for today, but incessant rain in the morning put paid to that, so we went into Keswick to run a few errands. Whilst in the town the rain stopped at last and we decided to visit nearby Friar’s Crag. John Ruskin described the view from here as one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe

We parked at the public car park near the Theatre by the Lake and walked along the shore of Derwent Water past the landing stages. Friars Crag is soon reached. After admiring the view and taking the obligatory photo we continued round Strandshag Bay and then headed back to the start via Cockshot Wood

This was a stroll rather than a proper walk but I’ve included it partly because of the beauty of the surroundings, but also because I receive quite a few emails asking for recommendations for short family walks. For anyone with small children or only an hour or so to spare I can recommend this walk without hesitation

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