Shores of Derwentwater from Keswick

A linear Lake District walk that follows the shore of Derwentwater south from Keswick to Lodore landing stage. The return to Keswick uses the seasonal launces on Derwentwater.

Technical sheet
No. 293172
A Keswick walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 11/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.54km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 15m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 24m
Highest point Highest point : 100m
Lowest point Lowest point : 76m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Keswick
Starting point Starting point : N 54.596362° / W 3.139052°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.562885° / W 3.13893°
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Description

(D)Exit the car park and walk down to the jetties from where the launches depart. You can check the timetable here when passing. Continue past the jetties and follow the path on the shore of Derwentwater. You soon enter woodland and it is worth taking the path as close to the shore as possible so you can enjoy the first of many views from Friar's Crag.

(1)The path continues along the shore to Strandshag Bay where you go inland, cross a footbridge and turn right. Reaching a T-junction pf paths (grid ref. NY268220), turn right and continue to pass in front of Stable Hills. Just past this large house, turn right and follow the concessionary footpath which returns to the shore of Derwentwater with Lord's Island lying just offshore.

(2)The path continues around the shore of Calfclose Bay, passes through a short section of woodland to regain the shore with the Borrowdale Road immediately to your left. After reaching the landing stage at Ashness Gate in Barrow Bay the path veers away from the road for a short section before returning to the road opposite Strutta Wood (grid ref. NY267197).

(3)Bear right down the road with the lake to your left. Sadly, there is no option but to walk along the road. Do be aware of the traffic which in high season can be very busy. However, in 250 metres you can escape the road and take the concessionary footpath on the left which is opposite the small lakeside car park on your right. Continue along this path to regain the road at Lodore by the Watendlath Beck. Cross the road and take the footpath down to Lodore jetty.(A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 85m - Start: Derwent Water car park
1 : km 1.06 - alt. 80m - Strandshag Bay
2 : km 2.16 - alt. 77m - Calfclose Bay
3 : km 4.35 - alt. 95m - Strutta Wood
A : km 5.54 - alt. 76m - Finish: Lodore jetty

Useful Information

This linear Lake District walk starts from the large car park adjacent to the landing stages in Keswick (grid ref. NY265228) and follows the shores of Derwentwater for just over three miles south to Lodore. From here you can return to Keswick using the launch service. Note that at certain times of the year the launch service is relatively infrequent so you should allow yourself plenty of time for reaching Lodore.

It is worth mentioning that even on sunny days it can be cold on the launches so do take an extra layer so you can relax and enjoy the cruise back to Keswick.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.17/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Wed 04 May 2022 16:47:32 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 23/04/22
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

The walk around Derwent Water is lovely. It is mostly flat so it's great for everyone from young to old. We took a picnic blanket with us and sat watching the jetties leave and enter on the shoreline at Keswick too. A really lovely walk though and recommend it to anyone who fancies an easy walk on their break here.

I'd have to point out while here though you have to give the rowing a go on Derwent Water. It's such good fun, even in the downpour that we ended up in.

The Lakes is all about adventure, and this walk really allows you to see the views all around the valley here.

Truefreedomseekers


Walker
on Tue 26 Apr 2022 11:36:24 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 18/04/22
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Mostly a flatfish walk around the lake with options to climb if you wanted. At the top of the lake there was a bigger loop away from the lake taking you into Keswick. Options to take a boat across Derwent Water if you wanted; might be a nice option to cut out the top section of the walk which isn't near the lake.

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