On The Shores of Derwentwater


On a small stretch of the shore between the Keswick Launch and Friar’s Crag I stopped to take in the views. Above is the distinctive humps of Catbells, a name I remembered from 18 years ago, surprisingly for me. The fell rises from the western shore of the lake. The name is derived from ‘cat bield’ a place where wild cats shelter.

Catbells And Causey Pike

We have Catbells again on the left in the above and below images, showing the well-worn pathway up Skelgill Bank. On the right is Causey Pike leading out of frame, which dominates Newlands Valley where it is set. You can just see the summit ‘knobble’, even in the bottom image where Causey Pike is partly obscured by trees.

Catbells And Causey Pike

Below is looking along the lake towards the jaws of the beautifully named Borrowdale. We have Catbells again on the right and Castle Crag down the centre in the distance.

Castle Crag And Catbells

Gliding by near the water’s edge came a family of Greylag geese.

Greylag goose Anser anser and young

And set where it has come to lie some gnarled driftwood, like the bones of something long dead, cast near the shore’s edge.

Derwentwater drifwood

Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer

July 2018, Keswick, Cumbria, England. © Pete Hillman.

19 thoughts on “On The Shores of Derwentwater

    • Yes, around parts of the lake and up Walla Crag. Also to Castlerigg Stone Circle. If I had the time and if it wasn’t so baking hot I would have loved to have done more 🙂 There is so much to explore there!

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      • It is a magical place set in a wonderful amphitheatre of fells and mountains which appears to be miles from nowhere. I will definately revisit Keswick again. I will feature Castlerigg in a future blog.

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  1. Simply wonderful. Sorry to say I never visited the Lake District, beleive it or not, though my folks used to go there from time to time.
    And the sun is shining! What a treat.

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    • It was and still is in the high twenties here touching thirty, and was a bit too hot for walking in the direct sun for too long. But one must not complain for the weather has been truly gorgeous of late. It is a stunningly beautiful place to visit, an I can’t help but envy those who live there just a little. Thank you, Ark 🙂


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