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Braithwaite Court

Cumbria, England

Derwentwater walking and hiking route

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Start Point

Large pay and display car park close to the lake and to the boat landing at Keswick or bus to Keswick.

Straight line walking around Derwentwater by boat and foot and where better to go with our straight line route, than around Derwentwater by boat and foot.

There are many super walks around the shores of Derwentwater, and the most scenic and relaxing way to and from your walk is undoubtedly the Keswick Launch. The boats leave frequently from the Keswick Landing Stage, just ten minutes walk from the town centre, where you can choose your starting and finishing points. These suggestions are low level walks and are ideal if you want to see a variety of beautiful views. There are, of course, many excellent linear walks you can enjoy from the Lake, including Catbells, Borrowdale Valley and the Bowder Stone and up to Watendlath. With a map and suitable equipment, the choice is yours! Refreshments: Ladore Hotel. Choice in Keswick. Note: It would be a great help to future walkers if you could record any inaccuracies you come across during this walk and report them to reception so that appropriate amendments can be made. Thank you for your help. Happy walking.


Walk Instructions

Get off the boat at Low Brandelhow and turn left following the path through the woods along the edge of the lake. From here as on most of this trip there are excellent views across Derwentwater. The large island nearest to you is St Herbert's Island. In the late 7th Century, St Herbert lived as a hermit, only occasionally leaving to walk to Carlisle to meet his good friend St Cuthbert of Lindesfarne when he preached there. The story goes that St Herbert prayed that he and St Cuthbert would die at the same time and sure enough they both died in different places at exactly the same time.

Continue along the lake past the gravely area that was once Brandelhow mines and keep to the footpath, cutting off the peninsular with the house on it. Continue through the mixed woodland. If you are lucky enough you may see red squirrels here.

When you leave the thicker wood and reach the more open area of scattered trees keep to the path using the boardwalks to cross the marshy areas. You will be walking round the head of the lake, through a very wet area, which was once part of the lake. The marshy area is gradually being filled in with sands and gravel brought down from the surrounding fells to form this delta. Before all these bridges and boardwalks were put in this path frequently flooded, but you should keep your feet dry unless it has just rained heavily.

The path joins the road near the Lodore Hotel, with the famous Lodore Falls behind. Turn left and follow the road past the hotel, over a small bridge, then take the footpath on your right that runs parallel to the road through some more beautiful woods. When you reach the car park on your left, cross the road and follow the lake shore closely, taking the path around a promontory then parallel to the road to the landing stage at Ashness Gate where you can catch a boat back to Keswick.

On your journey sit back and enjoy the lake as described by the poet William Wordsworth in this "Guide to the Lakes" "Derwent is distinguished from all the lakes by surrounded with sublimity, the fantastic mounts of Borrowdale to the South, the solitary majesty of Skiddaw to the North, the bold steps of Walla Crag and Lodore to the East and to the West the clustering mounts of Newlands".

From Keswick Landing Stage it's just a short walk back to the town passing along the way Fisher's shop. You might want to call in and enjoy tea and cakes in the Abraham's Tea room after a superbly day out.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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