Derwent Water Circular Walk

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17.4 km
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417 m
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Derwent Water Circular Walk

The Derwent Water Circular Walk is a fantastic Lake District excursion that will lead you around the shores of the lake for some beautifully scenic views. While out on the trail, you will walk through charming villages and peaceful stretches of woodland terrain that line the shores of the lake, all while enjoying some lovely views across the water. This route is a must-do if you are looking for a longer route in the Keswick area.

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Route Description for Derwent Water Circular Walk

Walking the Derwent Water Circular is a popular activity for casual and experienced adventurers alike, as the trail is long enough for a solid day out on the trails without being overly difficult. When combined with some beautiful Lake District views, it’s easy to see why this route is so well-liked. Setting out from the trailhead near the Theatre by the Lake, the trail will take you south along the shores of Derwent Water. As you make your way along the edge of the lake, you will pass through some lovely stretches of forest and enjoy beautiful views that sweep across the water. After crossing over the River Derwent and traversing a section of boardwalk, the trail will turn towards the north to travel along the western shore of Derwent Water. From here, you will enjoy an opposite perspective of the lake, as you complete the return leg of the journey that crosses over the River Greta and passes through Keswick to arrive back at the trailhead where you began.

Getting to the Derwent Water Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the Derwent Water Circular Walk trailhead from the Keswick Adventure Centre, head south on Carding Mill Lane for 0.2 km and turn left onto Main Street, following it for 0.2 km. Take the third exit at the roundabout onto Main Street/B5289 and continue on for 0.5 km. At the next roundabout, take the second exit onto Lake Road, following it for 0.5 km to reach the trailhead. A National Trust car park can be found nearby.

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Derwent Water Caravan Park, Keswick Camping and Caravanning Site

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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