Pre-lockdown Breaks 1 - Derwent Bank March 2020
PRE-LOCKDOWN BREAKS – Episode 1 – Derwent Bank
Looking through some holiday photos from earlier in the year on a recent wet day made me think how lucky we were back in March to go on a couple of HF Holiday walking breaks just before lockdown.
The first one, at the beginning of the month was a short self-guided walking holiday at Derwent Bank – HF’s beautifully located premises right on the shore of Derwentwater near Portinscale. On arrival we couldn’t resist a visit to the café at the Nichol End Marina just next door for coffee and one of their wonderful scones. The level of the lake was very high and their launch jetty had been wrecked by the storms and floods the month before.
The first full day was pretty damp and we just had an easy walk down to Grange and back whilst the main guided group got very wet going up Skiddaw.
The lawn in front of the house drops right down to the lake shore, so we had blown the dust off our old Canadian canoe and brought it with us. So the following day we spent a lovely sunny day paddling round a flat calm Derwentwater including stops for a walk round the shops in Keswick, and a picnic near Friars Crag. A good day all round as our team won the after-dinner quiz in the evening.
The last day we drove down to Grange and climbed Grange Fell which – for views – is one of the best short climbs in the Lakes: North: down the full length of Derwentwater to Skiddaw, and South to the Scafell range. As Wainwright says of Brund Fell (as the highest point of Grange Fell is named on OS maps), when climbed from Troutdale: “Sacrifice any other walk, if need be, but not this one”.