Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag

Walking trail

Pick a clear night, leave the bright lights of Keswick behind, and take the short walk to a place free from light pollution to see the stars spread out across the sky and reflected in the lake below. 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.

A view to the heart of the Lake District

The views from Friar's Crag stretch due south, towards the high central fells of Great End and Esk Hause. There's hardly any light pollution in this direction so you'll get a wonderful view of the stars - especially on a still night when they're reflected in the lake.

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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You might be lucky enough to spot one


Then continue straight on, on an un-surfaced track to the bench end of Friars Crag. This is your star gazing spot. Lay a blanket on the bench and take in the views of the wide open sky reflected in the lake. 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

Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
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. In Keswick follow signs to the Lakeside car park on Lake Road. Free street parking is available in low season.

By foot

15 mins from Keswick market place (follow signs to the Lake) and 10 mins from Keswick Lakeside car park (follow Lake Road to the Lake).

By bus

Stagecoach in Cumbria X4/5 Penrith - Workington stops at Keswick bus station. Follow signs to the lake from there.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 71 runs through Keswick, divert to Lake Road and there is a bicycle rack near Theatre by the Lake.

Summer star gazing walk at Friar’s Crag

Facilities and access

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