Derwent Water Loop Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Derwent Water Loop Trail is a 17.4 kilometer loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 17.4 km Elevation Gain: 418 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

There can surely be no other more satisfying walk in the Lake District, that offers so much, with no height gained, is a decent length and occupies a whole day than a circuit of Derwent Water. This circuit is in an anticlockwise direction starting by the suspension bridge over the River Derwent near Portinscale. The option to include Nichol End marina is well worth the slight detour. The estate of Lingholm is traversed mainly in woodland. The views open-up again after the Hawes End Outdoor Centre. At Brandelhow Park are the carved wooden hands celebrating the centenary of the National Trust's first purchase in 2002 of these woods. Next follows Brandelhow Bay and the house on Branelhow Point. At the large house on the slopes of Cat Bells called Brackenburn used to live Sir Hugh Walpole. In 1930 Walpole began his series of historical romance novels called 'Rogue Herries' which were set in Cumberland. Following on is Manesty Park and the amazing board walk of recycled plastic to cross the wet section at the head of the lake. Note that even this can get covered in severe wet conditions. Crossing the newly renovated bridge is the half-way point. Climbers can usually be spotted on Shepherd's Crag on most days. Toilets are passed before reaching the Lodore Hotel - it says walkers are welcome !! If required the ferry can be used from here to return to Keswick. After a short road and woodland section the lake shore is regained at a National Trust car park. On our visit the lake was at a very low level and walking on the shingle was not a problem, but conditions can vary. Looking at the lines of debris on the shore shows the varying water levels. At Calfclose Bay lookout for the half submerged centenary stone. This is to celebrate 100yrs of the National Trust. There is a conveniently placed bench on the headland. The large island opposite here is St. Herbert's Island. After the pasture land the route swings inland at Stable Hills re-emerging at Strandshag Bay opposite which is Lord's Island. The viewpoint of Friar's Crag follows where there is a memorial to Ruskin. The boat landings has a newly constructed promenade with picnic tables and benches. From here it is either through the center of Keswick or you can cross Crow Park from infront of the 'Theatre By The Lake', to reach the far end of The Headlands. After crossing the road bridge over the River Greta a path alongside the Keswick showground returns to the starting point.

Very nice walk, with some good options for lunch at the easten end. At the time.of year we need the hike (Early Sep) the path at the eastern end was underwater so additional distance along the road to the village. Would do the walk again.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy going. Muddy in places but it was raining. Lake high in places so had to do some road walking but there was a narrow footpath. Refreshment stops en route. Mary Mount hotel worth a visit.

hiking
1 month ago

Climb to stone footbridge

First trail run using this app and I'm already looking up on other trails to explore. This run is perfect, I enjoyed myself too much on this run and had to stop myself from taking pictures of the scenery - running by the lake will distract you from the fatigue you may feel on this trail. The people you meet on the trail are friendly and talkative, quick to move out of your way and even quicker to have a laugh with you as you huff and puff your way past. It has a wide variety of things to offer and will most likely tick a lot of boxes for you; from wide open areas to tight paths, multiple terrain changes, off trail and road side paths, bridges, up hill and down hill. my only criticism is running into the Market Square on the last leg of the loop. A lot of people.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice easy walk, lake was low so could walk a lot of it along the shore. Dog loved it too. Good start to our week in the lakes.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk with changing terrain which kept it interesting. A little muddy in places but this did not detract from the overall experience.

camping
muddy
3 months ago

Gorgeous. Me and my Girlfriends first Hike/Walk in the Lake District, so with nothing else to compare it to (Yet) i can't be objective in what I say, but what I can say is that it is absolutely stunning, a beautiful mixture of scrambles, trails, paths and pebble shores. A slightly long one, but it's well worth the time and effort. Don't be afraid to diverge from the beaten path, because whatever you do find... will be just as beautiful. Go get some!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
3 months ago

One of the most family friendly walks in the Keswick area. Nice long stroll around the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Great walk with beautiful views.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Loved it although quiet a distance!

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
closed
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

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