An Amble from Keswick.

Start. Keswick.

Route. Keswick (Recreation Ground car park) - Crosthwaite Road - Main Street - Crow Park - Frier's Crag - Strandshag Bay - Cockshot Wood - Castlehead - Borrowdale Road - Keswick.

Notes. Today starts with a rant, I make no apologies for berating dog owners, whom need banning from the country side, let the dogs walk themselves, at least they won't scoop excriment into small plastic bags and deposit it in tree roots, dry stone walls and hang it in hedge rows, I pity the poor sod on the other end of the hedge cutter. Today's short walk was blighted by a profusion of such decorations, is littering not a crime? should Allerdale Council be supplying the appropriate receptacles to dispose of said dog waste? I feel pity for the poor dogs, there's already calls lead by the farming community to have man's best friend banned from public rights of way across farm land, not being a dog owner I don't particularly care, but have friends who are, and do. So to ignorant dog owners blighting the country side with little plastic bags, for gods sake don't give the farmers lobby any more ammunition, take the stuff to the nearest bin and dispose of it properly. Rant over.

We were in Keswick to do a spot of shopping, once spent up, as the sun was shining we decided to grab a couple of hours ambling (to walk at a relaxing pace). After idly wandering through the back streets of Keswick we made our way to the lake shore, stopping to admire extensive views over Derwent Water from Crow Park. We then continued passed the theatre and landing stages to access Friar's Crag, described by Ruskin as "one of the best views in Europe", he would not have approved of the mess left by dog owners. On we walked skirting Strandshag Bay, before passing through a gate we turned left, a green trod then guided us into Cockshot Wood where we accessed a path that ushered us to the Borrowdale Road, after crossing said road we ascended sylvan Castlehead, the summit greeted us with stunning views up the Borrowdale Valley, over Derwent Water to Maiden Moor and ever popular Cat Bells, and to Keswick and it's vale backed by the many ridges of Skiddaw, we sat ages drinking them in. After descending back to the Borrowdale Road we casually ambled back into Keswick.

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Views from Crow Park over Derwent Water, Cat Bells rising above Derwent Isle.

The formidable cliffs of Robinson seen over Derwent Water.

The scene over Derwent Water from Friar's Crag.

Looking to Hawes End with Barrow dropping in from the right and Cat Bells rising to the left.

Skiddaw seen from sheep pastures bordering Strandshag Bay.

From the small rocky crown of Castlehead stunning views to the Jaws of Borrowdale backed by the Lakeland giants of the Scafell massif.

The Skiddaw massif looms above the market town of Keswick.

Castlehead provides a fine view point, the Vale of Keswick as far as Bassenthwaite Lake and Barf.

Rising high above Derwent Water, ever popular Cat Bells.

Skiddaw again from sylvan Castlehead.

Capturing the late afternoon sun Barf, with it's Bassenthwaite slopes in shade.

Keswick Cottage Hospital with Skiddaw lurking behind.

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