|Walk:||Keswick Landing Stage, Friar's Crag, Calfclose Bay, Ashness Bridge, Lodore Falls, Ferry to High Brandelhow, Low Brandelhow, Hawse End, Nichol End, Keswick|
|Start Point:||Moot Hall, Keswick||Grid Reference:||NY 266 234|
|Distance:||6 miles (walking)||Ascent:||820 feet|
|Weather:||Dry but overcast|
|Comments:||For the last of my 3 days in the Lake District I decided on a trip around Derwentwater, visiting Ashness Bridge, the Lodore Falls and partaking of a ferry ride to finish off. This was an easy day but preferable to my original plan of climbing Skiddaw, which remained in low cloud for most of the day.|
Just before 10am it is pretty quiet at the launch area . . .
looking across to Causey Pike with Barrow to the right
At Friars Crag a memorial was erected to John Ruskin in October 1990
Cat Bells from Friars Crag . . .
and another view of Causey Pike, and the ferry I saw earlier
Lord's Island from Strandshag Bay . . .
and a view to Castle Crag with the fells behind touching low cloud
Cat Bells is almost constantly in view . . .
and Rampsholme Island can now be seen
The beck looked almost out of place . . .
as I made my way . . .
through the woodland
At Broomhill Point the National Trust Centenary Stone, . . .
a large boulder of Borrowdale volcanic rock, was split and carved inside . . . .
to celebrate the Trust's centenary in 1995 . . .
and placed on the beach - but it is often half submerged in the lake
Ashness Bridge, a taditional stone-built bridge . . .
on the single-track road from the Borrowdale road to Watendlath . . .
famous for its viewpoint . . .
across Borrowdale towards Skiddaw
which still has its head in the clouds, from Ashness Gate
Lodore Falls waterfall . . .
on the lower reaches of Watendlath Beck
Catching the ferry at Lodore, Castle Crag is much closer now . . .
and Skiddaw is still covered in low cloud
The other ferry passes by in the opposite direction
There seemed to be a constant stream of people on Cat Bells
Nearing the top end of the lake Latrigg catches the sun, with Blencathra behind
Returning from the ferry trip . . .
the area is crowded with people and . . .
birds waiting to be fed . . .
a very different picture from when I arrived here in the morning
A quick stroll through the park . . .
on the way back into Keswick