Peace How from High Brandelhow Jetty

Walking trail

Peace how is a beautiful little hill with views over Derwent Water to the north and to the First World War memorial fell Castle Crag to the south. There is no parking nearby, so this is a trail that leads from the boat jetty at High Brandelhow. Peace How was gifted to the National Trust in 1917 so that anyone affected by the hardships of the First World War could come and experience peace and tranquility.

Stone bench and green grass in foreground with lake and mountains in background


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High Brandelhow jetty, Grid Ref NY252195 (no parking)


There's no parking near Peace How, so park in Keswick and catch the launch to High Brandelhow jetty

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people on the boat looking at Skiddaw


Turn left when you step off High Brandelhow jetty and follow the path along the lakeshore (ignore the fork to the right). At the houses the path becomes a track. Stay on the track until you get to the fingerpost pointing left which says 'Lodore 1 mile'. Take the left fork towards Lodore.

jetty into Derwent water with oak trees


Continue along the path until you've completed the first stretch of the boardwalk. Just before you get to the second stretch of boardwalk you'll see a waymarker post. At the post turn right and leave the main path.

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wheelchair accessible boardwalk curves through wetland reeds


Follow the grassy path to the gate in the corner of the field, then through the next kissing gate. The path becomes more defined and leads to the road. At the road, turn left and walk along the road until you get to the Borrowdale Gates Hotel on the left hand side.

Autumn colours at Castle Crag, Borrowdale, Cumbria


Opposite the entrance to the Borrowdale Gates Hotel, look for a fingerpost signing a public footpath to the right. At the fingerpost, turn right through the gate. The narrow path climbs gradually, with one small area of exposed bedrock to negotiate, to the slate bench at the crest of the hill. Take a seat, take a deep breath and experience the peace and tranquility for which this place was given over 100 years ago.

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Peace How's carved dedication stone in the foreground with Castle Crag in the background


Peace How, Grid Ref NY249176

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Peace How from High Brandelhow Jetty


Mostly on well-maintained level lakeshore path, one stretch of boardwalk, one stretch on level unsurfaced grassy path across the fields - including a narrow plank bridge, one stretch along the road, gently undulating. The final climb to Peace How is a narrow path which climbs gradually with one small patch of exposed bedrock to negotiate.

Peace How from High Brandelhow Jetty

How to get here

Trail starts from High Brandelhow jetty, Manesty, Borrowdale, CA12 5UG
By train

Nearest train stations are at Penrith (17 miles from Keswick) and Workington (20 miles from Keswick). The train stations are linked to Keswick bus station by the X5 bus service.

By road

There is no parking near Peace How. Park in Keswick and catch the Keswick Launch service to High Brandelhow jetty.

By ferry

The Keswick Launch company posts its timetable online, operating a reduced timetable in winter. Boats leave Keswick landings every 30 minutes in high season.

If the lake level is extremely low, the launch cannot land at High Brandelhow - please check with the Keswick Launch company before departing.