A circuit of Derwent Water

Name of walk A circuit of Derwent Water
Date of walk 2011-10-29
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Tom
Parking Portinscale Suspension Bridge

Finally were were forecast a day of sunshine and blue skies. So yesterday Tom and I drove to keswick to do the circuit of Derwent Water, a walk of about nine miles. We parked on the dead-end road next to Portinscale suspension bridge, plenty of free roadside car parking spaces here, and headed for Portinscale.

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Crossing the bridge.

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Portinscale. We stopped at a cafe for a coffee before we made for Nichol End.

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View from the jetty at Nichol End towards Skiddaw.

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and again from the floating section of the jetty.

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Loads of pheasants about!

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Approaching Hawes End Jetty. From here we would keep to the lake shore. The launch had just deposited 60 people who headed for the route up Cat Bells, a mountain to be avoided in school holidays! Two more launches were also headed this way! A bit later we could see the hundreds of people making their way up Cat Bells.

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Old Brandlehow Jetty.

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Our route around the lake was thankfully very quiet and we didn`t meet that many people.

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A bit of hand cream would not go amiss!

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The autumn colours were out in full.

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Brandlehow jetty.

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Castle Crag in the centre as we approach the boardwalks.

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From the boardwalk looking towards the Lodore Falls Hotel.

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We take a short detour up behind the hotel to look at the Lodore Falls.

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There is then about 100m of road walking before you join a path through the wood on the opposite side of the road that comes out opposite Kettlewell car park and you can rejoin the lakeside path. We had lunch here sitting on the rocks, in sunshine, beside the water..

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The gulls were very interested in our sandwiches!

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Ashness Bridge Jetty. From the jetty there is another short road section, pathed, before heading back to the lake shore around Calfclose bay.

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Looking over to Cat Bells, Causey Pike on the right.

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Plenty of places to sit, relax and take in the views.

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View down the Jaws of Borrowdale from the seat.

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Friar`s Crag.

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A memorial to John Ruskin.

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Within minutes we were back at the landing stages near the Theatre By The Lake, where we were on Tuesday.

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We headed into Keswick for a coffee and another look in the shops. The walk had taken under 4 hours. To return to the car we just had to head for the Pencil Museum and take the footpath on the left directly after crossing the bridge over the River Derwent.

A good, simple walk for a sunny day!
Jo.
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