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Miles Without Stiles 36: Friar's Crag

Miles Without Stiles

A beautiful and varied walk to a stunning viewpoint - OS Explorer Map OL4. A longer, circular route back to the car park, through Cockshott Wood, is also available.

Route for all. 1.25km distance.


For that view, do we need to say any more? Our Miles without Stiles routes take you to some magical places around our National Park, and we are delighted that the view looking out over Derwent water towards Cat Bells and the impressive Jaws of Borrowdale backdrop is accessible to all. There’s even a bench perfectly positioned at the headland allowing you to get your flask out and enjoy the view for even longer.

This relatively level route takes you into some fabulous locations with stunning lake and mountain views. Follow the road from the theatre down to Derwentwater foreshore. The wooded islands and the Jaws of Borrowdale will soon come into view. When the tarmac ends, continue on a good stone track, ignoring a left fork and carrying on to the viewpoint of Friar's Crag.

Return to the path junction. You will see two paths leading off to your right, the lower one goes along the shore at Strandshag Bay, on a stony, slightly uneven path. The upper left path is more accessible and goes through a field with views over the lake before gently dropping to join the other path near the lake shore. A bridge and kissing gate take you into a small wood. From here, join the road to Stable Hills. Turn left to the B5289, a possible picking up place (grid reference NY 271220). This is a narrow gap and should not be used for long-stay parking.

Retrace the route back, or follow the roadside path north. This is undulating and, although not steep, is uneven in places. Take a track to the left (grid reference NY 268226), running between a fence and hedge. At the end, turn right into Cockshott Wood and return on a better surface to the car park.


Start point:

Theatre by the Lake car park

Postcode: CA12 5DJ
Grid reference: NY 265229
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Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 271220
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Disabled car parking and accessible toilets. There is a café at Theatre by the Lake and refreshments at the Lakeside tearooms.

Getting there:

Bus: services run from all over Cumbria. You will need to walk from Keswick town centre on pavements and paths. Car: B5289 Borrowdale Road from Keswick and turn right at the roundabout