GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Derwent Water Walk

9 miles (14 km)

Enjoy a walk along one of the Lake District's most beautiful lakes. Derwent Water (or Derwenwater) is particularly lovely - it's surrounded by fells and has several pretty islands including Derwent Island House, an 18th-century residence owned by the National Trustand open to the public on five days each year.
The route makes use of the Cumbria Way and the Allerdale Ramble walking trails so is well defined and way-marked throughout.
The walk starts in the popular town of Keswick and follows the path along the western side of the lake. On the way down you stay close to the waters edge for most of the way. There are also some lovely woodland sections to enjoy.
At the end of the lake you return north on the Allerdale Ramble with a short climb taking you along the lower part of Cat Bells fell and away from the lakeside. There are fabulous views of the lake from the high points before descending through Overside Wood and returning to Keswick.

Derwent Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Derwent Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The route passes close to the delightful Lingholm Kitchen. This splendid cafe also includes the Lingholm Kitchen gardens which Beatrix Potter credited as her inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden inThe Tale of Peter Rabbit. The Victorian style garden has herbaceous borders while it’s central areas are for vegetable production that is then served fresh daily in the Kitchen.
Back in Keswick the Lake Road Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The pub does good food and also has a nice garden area to sit out in if the weather is fine. You can find the pub on 10 Lake Road with a postcode of CA12 5BT for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly inside and outside if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area climb to Catbells on the western side of the lake. The walk is one of the most popular in the Lake District and provides wonderful views back down to the lake.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Derwent Water - - 951378

Derwent Water. Blencathra can be seen in the distance.

Nichol End - - 309514

Nichol End boats

Brandelhow Bay, Derwentwater - - 1524800

Brandelhow Bay, Derwentwater. The descent from Hawes End gives a superb view of Derwentwater. Manesty Wood is bottom right leading to Brandelhow Point. On the left is Brandelhow Wood and in the far distance Blencathra. Walla Crag rises above the eastern shore

"Entrust" in Brandelhow Park - - 2406841

"Entrust" in Brandelhow Park, near to Stair, Cumbria, Great Britain. This wooden sculpture of cupped hands commemorates the centenary of the National Trust's first ever land purchase, 108 acres of the Brandlehow estate. A plaque reads:


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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