Derwentwater

CC204    DERWENTWATER

DerwentwaterParking is at the car-park near to the boat jetties, reached from the B5289 on the south side of Keswick.

This is a delightful and easy walk giving wonderful views not only of the lake but also of the surrounding mountain scenery. 

 1 From the car-park follow the signs to the 'The Lake'. Follow the path past the National Trust Information Centre to some stone steps on the left. Go up the steps to cross a stile where you turn right and proceed alongside a fence.

2 Where you see a path to the left follow this, away from the lake, through the wood. When you come out of the trees cross the field and up the steps. Turn left and cross the road to some more steps opposite and continue along the path, keeping to the fence on your left. 
 
3 When you see a gate ahead do not go through it but turn right and follow the path alongside the wood. Go down the steps and, after crossing the road, turn left along the footpath. Cross the footbridge, then the drive and through the kissing gate. Cross another footbridge and follow the path towards the lake. You get a good view of the lake islands, one of which was the home of a hermit, St Herbert in the 7th century.

4 Turn right so that you are walking with the lake to your left, until you come to a gate. Go through and over the footbridge beyond. Turn left after this bridge. At the next kissing gate turn left to come to the viewing point.

5 Leave the viewing point and go through the kissing gate and follow the lake path. At the buildings keep to the right until you come to the drive. Keep along the drive until you see a gate into the wood. Follow the path through the wood to a kissing gate. Go through the gate and across the bridge on your right. Turn left over another bridge.

6 Continue along the lakeside path and through a gate. Here, you approach Friar's Crag. The view from the top of Friar's Crag is superb. The crag takes its name from the 7th century Franciscan monks who came to visit St Herbert.  

7 From here it is a short walk along the well-trodden path back to the jetties.  

Map: OS Outdoor Leisure 4 - English Lakes North Western Area
Distance: 3+ miles
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Terrain: Easy walking 

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