Walking trail

Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag

Walking trail

On a clear night see some 4,000 stars sparkling in our universe. Perfect for families and anyone unfamiliar with astronomy, this easy walk will introduce you to star gazing at Friar's Crag, which offers one of the most scenic views in the Lake District.

Experience an atmospheric sunset before your night of star gazing

The open skies are a magical location for star gazing and wildlife spotting. Make sure you print off a copy of our summer star gazing guide to find out what's in the sky this month.

The bench at the viewpoint at Friar's Crag, Derwent Water with hills reflected in the lake


Map route for summer star gazing walk at Friar's Crag


Lakeside car park, grid ref: NY265229


From Lakeside car park walk down towards the Theatre by the Lake, which will be on your left as you pass it.

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


Continue on the road with the launch jetties and lake on your right until the tarmac road runs out.

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Then continue straight on, on a surface track to the end of Friars Crag. This is your star gazing spot. Lay a blanket on the ground and take in the views of the wide open sky. Return the way you came.

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Lakeside car park, grid ref: NY265229

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Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag


The terrain is flat and level for the whole walk and easily accessible for all, but please be careful of the unprotected edge at the end of the walk. Choose a clear night, take binoculars and a torch and you too can follow in Galileo Galileis footsteps...

Don't forget to print off a copy of our star gazing guide to take with you on your trail.

Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag

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Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag

How to get here

near Keswick, Cumbria
By train

Penrith station 20 miles (32.1km), then X4/5 Penrith - Workington, alight Keswick.

By road

Junction 36 M6 then head west on the A66 to Keswick.

By foot

15 mins from Keswick and 10 mins from Lakeside car park.

By bus

Stagecoach in Cumbria X4/5 Penrith - Workington.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 71 runs nearby.

Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag

Facilities and access

  • Accessible for all but take care of unprotected edge at end of walk