In 1995 to celebrate the founding of the National Trust 100 years earlier, the trust commissioned the artist Peter Randall-Page to produce a sculpture. The result is the Centenary Stone. A large boulder of the Borrowdale Volcanic family was sawn in half with each face then carved into 10 fan shaped segments of 10 folded wiggles. It lies in Calfclose Bay just off Broomhill Point, which is easily visited on a short walk from Keswick.
The walk starts at the Moot Hall in Keswick which is familiar landmark for visitors sitting in the middle of the town centre. At the northern end is the famous clock tower with only an hour hand. The other end houses the Tourist Information Centre. Scattered amongst the expected variety of shops there are many outdoor emporia supplying the needs of the whole spectrum of climbers and walkers.
Leaving the shops quickly behind the route passes under the Borrowdale road to Hope Park, and on to The Theatre by the Lake. Beyond which you come to the shore of Derwent Water and a slipway. Keeping to the promenade above the slipway and jetties of the launches you have fine views across the water. The tarmac ends at a small boathouse, the way becomes firm packed gravel through a sheltered avenue of trees to seating on the end of Friar's Crag. As well as the stunning views in amongst the trees is a memorial to John Ruskin. Continuing round Strandshag Bay, skirting the boggy morass of The Ings, you soon come to Stable Hills. Calfclose Bay is then just an amble across the field.
There are a number of car parks, all pay and display, around Keswick town centre.
If you need accommodation we have details of 93 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Starting from the Moot Hall, looking up at the face of the clock tower, pass along the right hand side of the building, which at the far end houses the Tourist Information Centre. Continue past the Old Keswickian chip shop, and along the way through the shops to George Fisher. Turn right immediately in front of the shop into Lake Road.
Nearing the end of Lake Road bear left to go through the underpass, then left in front of the cafe. Hope Park is now on your right down some steps. Continue on, the road comes alongside you. Keep right skirting the car park and up to The Theatre by the Lake.
Ahead is a wide slipway down to the water's edge. There are usually some very tame ducks, swans and geese who frequent the area to beg food off anyone that looks like they might have bread. Bear left on to the promenade.
The promenade runs along above the jetties and launches. Approaching a small boathouse the track becomes firm gravel, keep left. Continue ahead to the seating on Friar's Crag.
Reaching the end of the path on Friar's Crag, turn left to continue around the headland. You can go through the trees to the John Ruskin memorial.
Keep right, and drop down bearing right to the gate to go through and follow the gravel path to Strandshag Bay. Continue along the path passing over the small wooden bridge and through another gate.
Continue on the path through boggy ground bearing right to follow it up to the track. Turn right and follow it round to the left. Keep left, and cross the cattle grid ahead. Bear round to the right on the track on to Stable Hills. Bear left keeping to the path around the edge of the field to the gate.
Go through the gate onto National Trust land. Bear left and within 100m (110 yards) beside the waters edge on your right is the large split rock of the Centenary Stones.
Return to Keswick by reversing the route.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|A short walk to Friar's Crag from the Moot Hall, Keswick||same start point|
|Cumbria Way - Keswick to Caldbeck||14m (15 yards) away|
|Castlehead Viewpoint from the Moot Hall, Keswick||14m (15 yards) away|
|Around Derwent Water||22m (24 yards) away|
|Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell from Great Wood||2.0km (1.3 miles) away|
|Walla Crag and the Great Wood||2.1km (1.3 miles) away|
|Skiddaw Shepherd's Memorial||2.4km (1.5 miles) away|
|Misty Skiddaw||2.4km (1.5 miles) away|
|A longer walk over Bakestall and Skiddaw||2.4km (1.5 miles) away|
|Latrigg: a short stroll||2.5km (1.5 miles) away|
|Lonscale Fell via Burnt Horse Ridge||2.5km (1.5 miles) away|
|Castlerigg Stone Circle||2.5km (1.5 miles) away|
|Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy - A Half Newlands||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Catbells||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Catbells and the Newlands valley||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|To Force Crag Mine - a Coledale Low Round||3.5km (2.2 miles) away|
|A Shorter Coledale Round||3.5km (2.2 miles) away|
|The Coledale Horseshoe||3.7km (2.3 miles) away|
|Causey Pike and Scar Crag||3.8km (2.3 miles) away|
|A Short Walk From Ashness Bridge to High Seat||3.8km (2.4 miles) away|
|Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Force Crag Mine||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|A Short Stroll to Lodore Falls||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Whinlatter Forest - Heavy Sides Walk||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|Words In The Woods||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
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