The whole route around the lake is approximately 9 miles and can take about 5 hours. You can vary it by taking the Keswick Launch part of the way and walking back.
Turn right from Hazelmere and head to Keswick’s Market Square taking the road to the right of the Moot Hall and turning right again at George Fishers. Walk through the park; turn right to pass the Theatre by the Lake, the boat landings and Derwent Isle Cottages and onto Friars Crag for a superb view of Derwentwater surrounded by the Borrowdale fells and the highest point in England – Sca Fell Pike Retrace your steps a short distance and a track on the left leads you past a monument to John Ruskin and then down to the lake shore path. Follow this path into Ings Wood (known locally as Mucky Wood – find out why at your peril!!) and when you leave the wood turn right to fairly quickly rejoin the lake. Follow the shore, in places close to the road until you must leave the lakeside at Kettlewell Car Park. The path continues on the other side of the road through the woods for a short distance, coming back out onto the road for a while as you pass the Mary Mount and Lodore falls Hotels. Take the signed path to the right across open marshy fields and over duck boards across the end of the lake. (This should be avoided if there has been a considerable amount of rain as it is then advisable to go to Grange and cross over the river, following the road around to the far side of the lake).
The path continues along the lake shore through Brandlehow Woods and comes back up towards Portinscale via Hawes End Centre and through Lingholm Woods. Once in Portinscale Village take the turning right by Harney Peak which takes you over the river on a small suspension bridge. Keep straight ahead, ignoring the path over “The Howrah’s” to Keswick, and go right as you come to the road. The path leads you back to the Crosthwaite end of Keswick and to Hazelmere.