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A hilltop view of Derwent Water

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 17.50km (10.87 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 609m (1998ft)
Loss 596m (1955ft)
Max. Elevation 420m (1377ft)
Elevation (total) 1205m (3953ft)
Start & End
Grange
Distance 17.50km
(10.87mi)
Duration ~6:45h
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 31 Jan 2016
Any Lake District regular knows Deerwent Water. It dominates the town and the view from the surrounding tops. This route, though, starts from Grange at its southern end, and picks a route over the lower tops, as well as the lakeside itself, to give a variety of perspectives on this perennial favourite. There is a good bus service from Keswick to Grange throughout the year.

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Take the bus from Keswick down to Grange. You can also do this route from Keswick, but this option means you can finish at the tea shop in Grange.
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Follow the road north from Grange towards Derwent Water. Past the hotel, look for the footpath on your right.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
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Join the road along Borrowdale there is a verge to walk on and head towards the hotel.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
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At Barrow Bay, take the hairpin turn back on the right, past the youth hostel.
About 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
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At the car park, take the footpath heading north that contours above Falcon Crag.
About 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
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Continue via Walla Crag, with great views over Derwent Water.
About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
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The path begins to wind into Keswick along Brockle Beck
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
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Join the road and head into the town centre.
About 2.01 km (~1.25 miles) from
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Finished? Not a bit of it. Head past the bus station and over the bridge, taking an immediate left to join the Cumbria Way.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Pass through Portinscale, following the signs for the Cumbria Way.
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Through the woods south of Portinscale...
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
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...and here comes the added bonus of doing the loop from Grange. If you arrive at Catbells before midday, you will be climbing it with 100s of others. Arrive a bit later and you may get it to yourself
About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
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Continue to the summit of Cat Bells. On your own? Make the most of it...
About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Descend via the steepish path that cuts under Black Crag.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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This brings you out on the road leading in and out of Grange. There are some wonderful campsites around here, so worth stopping overnight if possible, then getting the bus to Keswick the next day.
About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from

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31 Jan 2016
The Joys Of Grange

Much as I love Keswick, it's worth planning your trip to spend the night in Grange. This end of Derwent feels much more remote than the northern end, and if you get a clear evening, there are lots of superb evening strolls to be had (such as down to the pub in Rosthwaite!)

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