Friar's Crag and the Derwent Water Foreshore

Visitors enjoy the view from Friar's Crag, Borrowdale

If you’re visiting the Lake District around Keswick, a great place to start your trip is Derwent Water Foreshore. Just five minutes' walk from Keswick's market square, the foreshore offers easy walks with parking, toilets, cafés and benches, with views down the length of the lake of Cat Bells and the Jaws of Borrowdale.

Keswick’s best view

Ten minutes on level paths from the boat landings is the viewpoint of Friar’s Crag. From the bench on the end you get an unbroken view down the length of the lake, with the fells of Walla Crag and Maiden Moor curling along the left and right shores, and the ‘teeth’ of Castle Crag right in the centre at the far end.

" The first thing I remember…was being taken by my nurse to the brow of Friar’s Crag"
- John Ruskin

In a grove of trees on the crag is a slate memorial to the writer, thinker and painter John Ruskin who named the view from Friar’s Crag as his earliest memory. His writing on the impact that natural landscapes have on people was a huge influence on the founders of the National Trust.

The Ruskin Memorial on Friar's Crag, Derwentwater
The Ruskin Memorial on Friar's Crag, Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria
The Ruskin Memorial on Friar's Crag, Derwentwater

Easy waymarked walks

To help you explore, we’ve created four waymarked walks starting from the boat landings. The shortest is a pushchair-friendly ½mile circuit of the wood beside the lake. The longest is the 2¾ mile circular Lakeside Amble which visits the Hundred Year Stone sculpture at Calf Close bay.

Simply breathtaking, the sculpture and the views!
Centenary Stone on the shores of Derwent Water, Lake District
Simply breathtaking, the sculpture and the views!

Explore by boat

You can hire a rowing boat or a little motor boat from the Keswick landings to take a picnic the islands (we look after all four islands and you can land on the three smallest).

Or, the crème de la crème, you can catch one of the traditional wooden launches from the Keswick Launch company, cruise to the end of the lake and walk back on the lakeshore path