Great Wood car park

Great Wood car park,near Keswick, entrance from the south.

Great Wood is a nice relaxed car park, not far from Keswick, with approximately 45 spaces.

Please note: if you're approaching from Keswick, as you head down the Borrowdale Road you will be tempted to turn into the first National Trust entrance you see on the left, however if you park here you may find yourself locked in! Just keep going for about another 100m and you'll reach Great Wood car park.

Parking at Great Wood is just the beginning...

It's one of the most popular photo opportunities to be had on the shores of Derwent Water, just across the road from the entrance to Great Wood, you'll find some steps down to a path that leads to the lakeshore at Calfclose Bay, where you can see the well known Centenary Stone sculpture.

Take some snaps, relax on bench and drink in the views, or if you fancy something abit more adventurous, this is a great place to access the 10 miles of easy level walking that makes up the round Derwent Water walk.

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

Step straight from car to rainforest

There are also a number of waymarked walks in this area, the longest of which (though still do-able in around 2 hours) starts from Great Wood car park and climbs up to the top of the internationally significant Atlantic Oakwood. People often spot red squirrels and even roe deer in the wood, and from the top of the hill a few 'windows' through the trees give glimpses out over Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite.

There are shorter strolls to enjoy through the Atlantic Oakwoods, which are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), or you could try a gentle climb to the famous viewpoint of Ashness Bridge.

Read more about the rainforests of Borrowdale.

Follow the markers from the car park in Great Wood
Ranger hanging a banner at Great Wood in Borrowdale
Follow the markers from the car park in Great Wood

If you want to visit Keswick, but don't want to negotiate town centre parking, Great Wood car park is just 1.5 miles away, making it a good alternative if you don't mind a scenic walk!

For more detailed information about Great Wood car park, please take a look at the access statement (PDF / 3.0029296875MB) download

Park up and boost conservation work in Borrowdale

Whether you are a member who scans your card (we get £1 from central funds every time you do) or a non-member who pays for a ticket, every penny you generate in this car park goes to help us take care of this special place, so thank you.

Read about one of the issues we're tackling just a stone's throw away from Great Wood car park:

new zealand pigmyweed in someone's hand

The alien invasion of Derwent Water 

Help us control Derwent Water's biggest problem plant, the invasive New Zealand Pigmy Weed