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Derwentwater & Friars Crag

February 10, 2011

As Valentines Day is approaching I was reminded of this photograph of a couple enjoying Derwentwater.

Enjoying Derwentwater

I had also been trying to think of a little level walk to take my nephew on when he visited so this walk ticked the boxes for that. Romantic walks, walks with a pram or wheelchair, you can’t beat this one.

Rowing Boats, Derwentwater.

You can park by the Theatre at the Lake in Keswick. Then walk down to where the Keswick Launch sets off from.

Keswick Launch Sign

If you have children with you it will be difficult to get them past the numerous ducks waddling around, however maybe  take some bread with you and bribe the kids they can feed the ducks on the way back!

Ducks on Derwentwater

The walk goes along the side of Derwentwater to Friars Crag which was one of the key settings in the book “Swallows and Amazons” by Arthur Ransome. In the book this was “Darien” where the children spent their first camping adventure, so that might keep the older children interested too.

Seagull at Derwentwater

It doesn’t take long to walk to the viewpoint, and keep a look out for the Keswick Launch which stops at various places on the lake.

Keswick Launch

All of a sudden you come out of the woods and here before you is Friar’s Crag, and what a view!


The Jaws of Borrowdale and Cat Bells in the distance, and a seat conveniently placed to enjoy the view.

Boating on Derwentwater

Situated just behind in the woods is a memorial to John Ruskin

Memorial to John Ruskin

Inscribed on it are the words”The first thing which I remember as an event in my life was being taken by my nurse to the brow of Friar’s Crag on Derwent Water”.

Writing on Ruskin Memorial

You can go down to the side to Calfclose Bay. This is a great place for a picnic in the Summer.

Calfclose Bay Derwentwater

There are four islands on Derwentwater. Derwent, Lords, Rampsholme and St. Herbert’s Island. Friar’s Crag was so called because it was said to be where the monks left from to go on pilgrimage to St. Herbert’s Island where a hermit used to live.

Derwentwater a nice place for a picnic

You can carry on and come back through Cockshott Woods but I prefer to return the way I came, after all we still have to feed the ducks!


Still great views on the way back


and look who we found having a brilliant time in the water

Enjoying the water

So that’s us back where we began after a leisurely stroll.

Boats on Derwentwater

Now for me no visit to Keswick would be complete without a visit to one of my favourite places to eat, so off in to the centre of Keswick to finish the day off at the fabulous Lakeland Pedlar. A bike shop for all you mountain bikers and also a wholefood cafe with fantastic vegetarian selection.

Lakeland Pedlar


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