Lake District Walk along
Derwent Water
Shore

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This gentle walk along Derwent’s shore includes murder, mining and mysterious islands.

Start from any of the lakes numerous landing stages with a leisurely cruise on one of the lake's frequent passenger boats.

Land at Hawes End in Kitchen Bay.

Leave the shore and turn left along a path that will rejoin the shore in Otter Bield Bay

Across the lake is St Herbert’s Island, St Herbert and his friend St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne vowed to die on the same day, which they did on the 19th of March 687.

The ruined cell on the island does not date from that time but was built in the 14th century by cult followers.

The landing stages on this side of the lake were originally linked to local lead mining, spoil heaps from the industry, established in pre-roman times still remain and make excellent view points.

In the 16th century, the local mine owners’ recruited skilled German miners, much to the anger of the locals who were not too welcoming. Hostility flared, and following assaults and even murder, the immigrants were forced to live on Derwent Island for safety.

In the 18th century, the eccentric Joseph Pocklington owned the island and declared himself Governor. He built numerous follies and fought pitched battles against the local boatmen in the renowned ‘Keswick Regattas’.

Follow the lakeshore to Brandlehow bay with its many mining remains, then Abbots bay, with Otter Island, Myrtle Bay and finally Great Bay.

Leave the shore here to avoid the marshy ground as the river Derwent enters the lake from Borrowdale. Borrowdale's thought by many to be the most beautiful area of the Lake District.

This end of the lake contains the mysterious floating islands, in the right conditions a peaty matting of water plants rises to the surface, lifted by natural gases.

From here, the view along Derwent's full three-mile length has majestic views of Skiddaw rising above Keswick.

Cross the bridge and follow the path to the road, turn left to the Lodore landing stage for a final cruise back to your starting point.

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