Around Derwent Water

You are unlikely to be alone for long on this popular walk even in the depths of winter, unless the weather is exceedingly poor. Here we suggest doing the circuit clockwise: for the simple reason that sunshine on the mountains opposite always helps to make them look their best.

Things to see on this walk include, the rather fine Moot Hall with its single handed clock face, a memorial to John Ruskin who was a very public figure of the Victorian era lesser known for his later conservation work, the National Trust's Centenary Stone celebrating 100 years of the trust in 1995, Lodore Falls - a 30m cascade of water from Watendlath Beck. Also the 'Chinese Bridge' - the name comes from the shallow arch - over the River Derwent at the southern end of Derwent Water, and the woodland of Brandlehow Park is a fine place to just sit on one of the many benches and relax. "Entrust" is an interesting oak sculpture that you will find in Brandelhow it celebrates the centenary of the National Trust's purchase of the land.

The start point is the Moot Hall in Keswick right in the middle of the shopping precinct and central to many of the parking options. The Moot Hall is the Tourist Information and Visitors Centre so is well signed from all points of the town.