Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow Park, Derwent Water

Walking trail

This is an easy lakeside amble along the quiet side of Derwent Water, leading you through the tranquil parkland at Brandelhow, birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District.

See the birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District

Brandelhow was bought with money raised through public subscription. Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the Trust, planted a tree at the official opening of Brandelhow to the public in October 1902.

The Memorial Stone in Brandelhow Park, commemorating the first National Trust acquisition in the Lake District


Map route for Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow Park, Derwentwater


Hawes End Jetty, Derwent Water, grid ref: NY250213


Standing on Hawes End Jetty, turn left and head south along the wide track that runs parallel to the lake shore for half a mile. Hawes End Jetty: The Keswick Launch Company runs boats in both directions around the lake throughout summer. In winter, it runs a restricted timetable - it's a great way to arrive but do check their website first.

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The wide track you're on will be joined from the right by another track. Continue through the park with trees on your left, through a narrow band of trees and on towards the lakeshore where you'll see Low Brandlehow jetty.

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At Low Brandlehow jetty, keep heading south (to your right) and follow the lakeshore path. The path will take you past the hands sculpture, and gets a little rougher and muddier as it follows the lakeshore to High Brandlehow jetty where there's a picnic table and a nice place to pause and rest your legs.

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Continue along the lake shore until you reach the next jetty at High Brandelhow, then make a sharp 'U-turn' onto the upper track in the wood, passing under the line of large Douglas fir trees. Follow this upper path all the way back to the Hawes End Adventure Centre.

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As you walk back through the woods, ignore side-paths to the left and right and stay on the main path. You'll get glimpses of the lake, and you'll pass by the traditional stone barn.

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You'll pass beside Hawes End Adventure Centre, coming onto a road, then look for a track to your right which is signposted 'Hawes End Jetty'. This will take you back to the Jetty and complete the circular walk.

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Hawes End Jetty, Derwent Water, grid ref: NY250213

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Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow Park, Derwent Water


The route starts at the Hawes End Jetty, follows the lakeshore and returns through woodland. Low-level lakeside and woodland paths, paths mostly even with some rough patches and gentle inclines.

Dogs are welcome. Please keep them under close control, particuarly at lambing time.

Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow Park, Derwent Water

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Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow Park, Derwent Water

How to get here

Hawes End Jetty, nr Portinscale, Keswick. Nearest Postcode CA12 5UB. No parking at start.
By road

There is no car park near the start. We recommend that you park in Keswick and catch the launch to Hawes End Jetty. The only parking near Hawes End is a small layby at Gutherscale (CA12 5UE), 15 minutes walk away from Hawes End Jetty.

For this layby, take the Portinscale turn from the A66 near Keswick, then follow signposts towards Grange until you get to the hairpin bends at the foot of Cat Bells. Take the dead end road to the right of the apex of the hairpin, the parking laybye is 100m up on the left hand side.

By foot

This trail follows a part of the Cumbria Way footpath and is just off the Allerdale Ramble footpath.

By ferry

Catch the Keswick Launch from Keswick Lakeside to Hawes End Jetty.

By bus

From Cockermouth and Keswick, X4, X5, X50 stops at Braithwaite (2 miles (3.2km) north of walk start). From Keswick, Honister Rambler 77 calls at Portinscale (2 miles (3.2km) north of walk start) during summer only.

By bicycle

2 miles (3.2km) south of National Cycle Network Route 71.

Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow Park, Derwent Water

Facilities and access

  • National Trust shop nearby with stunning views of Derwentwater
  • Dogs are welcome under close control