The Keswick and Derwent Water walk in the Lake District

West from Keswick to Portinscale, then south along the Cumbria Way to Hawse End. Further south via a bridleway on the eastern side of Cat Bells before heading east across Borrowdale to the Ladore Falls Hotel. Finally north along the banks of Derwent Water back to Keswick. An 11-mile walk in the Lake District.


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The northern extent of Derwent Water as seen from the banks of the lake at Nichol End. In the background cloud is just covering the top of Skiddaw.


The view north towards the Skiddaw range of mountains from the bottom of Skelgill Bank.


Looking north-east across Derwent Water towards Keswick and, in the far background left of centre, the Blencathra range of mountains.


The view north-east across the southern extent of Derwent Water from the eastern flanks of Cat Bells. Bleaberry Fell is the highest point in the background and Walla Crag is on the far left.


The woodlands of Manesty Park at the southern end of Derwent Water.

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Manesty holiday cottages viewed from the Cumbria Way. Across the top of the hill is a very popular path which takes walkers from Cat Bells to Maiden Moor.


Derwent Water viewed from the lake’s southernmost banks at Park Neb, Great Bay.


Looking over towards Cat Bells and Skelgill Bank.


Footbridge across the River Derwent near Great Bay.


The Falls Spa at the Ladore Falls Hotel.

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The Ladore Falls waterfall. Watendlath Beck flows north from Watendlath Tarn and drops more than 30 metres into the Borrowdale valley behind the Ladore Falls Hotel.


The view north from the banks of Derwent Water at Barrow Bay. The clouds have disappeared and the peaks of the Skiddaw mountain range are visible in their entirety, including, from right to left, Lesser Man, Little Man, Skiddaw, Carl Side, Long Side, Ullock Pike and Dodd.


The Centenary Stone in Calfclose Bay, a large split boulder which commemorates 100 years of the National Trust in the Lake District.


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