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Cumwhitton Parish Annual Community Walk. Saturday, 12th October.

A walk along the shores of Derwent Water and a Boat Trip.
This is a walk for the pleasure of being in the most beautiful landscape imaginable while sharing the company of friends and family. There is no physical challenge involved at all. The plan is to meet at the pier head at Keswick at 10.15am catching the 10.30am boat for a short trip to the landing stage at Hawes End. From this point we will walk along the footpath that follows the shore line of Derwent Water below the spectacular ridge of Cat Bells. We will find the perfect spot for a community picnic before continuing south towards Borrow dale and crossing the river Derwent on the “Chinese” bridge. Our final destination will be a visit to the Lodore Waterfalls before picking up the boat again to travel back to Keswick in style. Not only will we be walking in a beautiful landscape but we will be there at the very best time of year for the autumn colours.
This walk is planned as a community event with no charge and no sponsor cards! The only cost will be the boat trip. The company have been very kind and offered us a concessionary rate of £8.30p for adults and £ 4.15p for those aged between five and fifteen. There is plenty of parking available at The Theatre by the Lake. This is a pay and display car park. If you know the town well, you may know areas where parking is free!
The walk is only 5 kilometres long and is well within the capability of all ages. The pace will be gentle to give us time to enjoy the walk, the scenery and the company. Most of this area is cared for by the National Trust. If you are not familiar with the lake you may well have seen images of it before as it has been used as the backdrops of many a famous film, including Star Wars “The Force Awakens” and Swallows and Amazons. From the southern point there are good views looking into the “Jaws of Borrow dale”, dominated by the central Castle Crag, which once used to have a hill fort on top. To the north lies the lake and the Skiddaw Range, nearby is Cannon Dub, so called because, in the late 1780s, there used to be a cannon located here. Passersby could pay a sum of money to fire it off, and count the number of echoes. Our final destination is the Lodore Falls. The Lakeland poet, Robert Southey wrote his famous poem “The Cataract of Lodore” in 1820. Worth a read before visiting the falls.
If you can join us for the walk please drop me an e mail so I have some idea of numbers. Nearer the time I will then give you all the necessary details to make the walk both enjoyable and safe. Looking forward to a good day out!