Derwent Water, Latrigg and Ullswater

Start of another week in this fabulous part of the world and the weather for the week was probably the best and hottest I’ve ever had up there in the 10 years I’ve been going. It was high twenties most days, even up on the tops on the two days I walked high it was still over 20. The high temperatures meant I changed my plans a bit doing one big walk and another shorter walk, mixed with lots of days just pottering about. This post covers the first few days we were there, with walks down to Friars Crag, Derwent Water on the Sunday. Also up to Latrigg on Sunday evening and a trip on the steamers at Ullswater on the Bank Holiday Monday. The sun shone and the temperatures soared and I was grateful for the breeze that blew. Our base was Keswick and before these days I had to suffer the Champions League final, not the result I wanted. Good job I was in the Lakes with views to improve my mood.

The Sunday and a good way to shake off a hangover and a miserable football experience. The water level here shows the dry spring in the Lakes. That’s Catbells sticking up on the right and Borrowdale at the far end

The Derwent piers and a great view

It was getting warm down by Derwent Water

Looking the other way to Skiddaw

On Friar’s Crag now and a view along the water to Borrowdale with Castle Crag (dead centre of photo) looking tiny from here

Walla Crag comes into view to the left

A field of buttercups

That evening the weather was great so we headed for a sunset walk up to Latrigg

For me this is the best view to effort ratio in the country. Keswick below and layer upon layer of fells beyond Derwent Water

The moon rising over the Helvellyn range

And the sun setting above Dodd

What a view

Bit of zoom to the Scafell range

The sun is almost gone as we walk back to the car at the Gale Rd car park

Bank Holiday Monday and we decided to visit Glenridding and the Ullswater steamers, it was blistering down here but a slight breeze off the water helped a bit

Arnison Crag to the right and Brock Crags to the left, My next walk would be on the fells beyond as I headed to Hartsop

Looking north along Ullswater, it was pretty busy here but not too much that it felt crowded, I was glad I wasn’t in Bowness!!

Our vessel which we took to Aira Force, which is a great little trip

St Sunday Crag is highest on the right as we head along Ullswater

The pier at Aira Force, now just a short walk to Aira Falls

In keeping with the dry weather the falls were lacking in a bit of water

The small bridge by the falls, I was grateful for a bit of shade in here which took the temperature down a bit

This view was exceptionally blue

The Inn on the Lake backed by Birkhouse Moor as we head back to Glenridding. A fantastic day on the water and 2 good days at the start of the holiday. Tuesday would be my first walk heading to High Street and plenty of fells around that area.


8 thoughts on “Derwent Water, Latrigg and Ullswater

  1. Glad you got to go on the steamer. 🙂
    It was amazing weather when we camped in Braithwaite too. Just returned from visiting family near Ullswater. We had a good walk up Askham Fell.


  2. What a time to visit! I hadn’t realised just how much the water levels in the lakes had been affected. Great North Swim this weekend – hope there’s till some water for them. Having said that, noticed last weekend that Kentmere Tarn was completely dry, but I assumed that wasn’t just the weather. That evening view from Latrigg is just stunning!

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    • I think Kentmere dam is being replaced, fixed, sorted. I spoke to a couple whilst I was on a walk from Thornthwaite to Mardale Ill Bell and they commented on the dam work. Not sure if its true but the tarn is definitely empty now

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    • Its is just the easiest place for a 30 minute stroll. Especially to catch the sunset. I could sit there for hours and just watch the world go by. Saw a few taking tents up there which if you head towards Blencathra from the summit would give a decent pitch spot. Simple place giving superb reward

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