Derwent Bank (HF Holidays), near Keswick October 2022

A four nights self-guided walking holiday, with fellow Beverley Ramblers.


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Walk 1 (Tuesday 18 Oct)

The first walk was a loop from Derwent Bank, climbing 'Cat Bells' by the steep north (hard) way, down the side of the col to the road and lakeside and back north to the house.

This shot was taken near the summit of Cat Bells on this lovely, sunny day.

Now up on the summit at 451m overlooking Derwent Water.
Coming down the track towards the lake, we stopped for our lunch on a grassy clearing.
Walk 2 (Wednesday 19 Oct)

The route today starts at a car park near to Ashness Bridge, an stone old pack horse crossing.
We then have a spectacular view over Derwent Water (Surprise View) and then carry on to the village of Watendlath, with its small lake.
We cross a col and descend through oak woodland to the village of Grange.
Then we cross the river at the southern end of Derwent Water and walk back parallel to the road and return to the car park.

Here we take a look at Ashness Bridge before seting off on the walk.
This is Surprise view looking right over the lake, with Keswick in the distance.
The same point but looking left, with High Spy on the ridge to the left and Cat Bells middle right.
Me, looking in my prime of life.
Here is another little stone bridge, at our lunch stop in the village of Watendlath.
Some of our group heading down from the col above Watendlath, destination Grange village.
Walk 3 (Thursday 20 October)

The weather has gone downhill so today was a rain-only day.
Walking from the House we passed through Keswick and then onwards up to the summit of Latrigg, after a zigzag.
We continued to Brundholme and had lunch under a footbridge over the Greta River.
We then followed the old railway bed over several bridges and a tunnel and back to Keswick.
I had a coffee with Graham in the town and we did some shopping before returning to the House.
A soggy and cloudy day.
Kayaking with Graham on Derwent Water (Friday 21 October)

I had arraged to do some kayaking from Nichol End Marine today.
I hired a sit-on and Graham had an inflatable which was trying out for the first time.
We paddled for about 3 miles around a couple of islands before it started getting a bit choppy.

Initially the water was like a mirror, perfect conditions.
Graham on his maiden voyage.
The wind got up a bit and I turned to see this rainbow.
The view from the lake close to the jetty near the HF house, Derwent Bank.
Graham kept on appearing in my photos, possibly to add some colour.

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