Keswick MWS scooter

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.


The stunning view looking out over Derwentwater 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 along a good stone track, keeping right, parallel to the lake shore.

You will see a finger post at a junction which points right to Friar’s Crag and left to Strandshag Bay, keep right.

Just before reaching the view point, a stone pillar can be seen just up to the left, if you go to view it then return back to the main path and continue to the headland viewpoint.

Return to the finger post at the path junction and turn right. Directly ahead there is a gate into a field with a good stone surfaced path, (the path to the right goes down to the foreshore, this is suitable "for some”). The upper ("for all") path continues across the field before dropping to join the lower path near the lake shore.

A bridge takes you into a small wood. From here, join the road to Stable Hills. Turn left to the B5289.

The “Route for All” finishes here, so those following that route will need to turn around here and retrace your route back to the start..

The route 'for many' proceeds along the narrow roadside path north. This is undulating and, although not steep, is uneven in places.  (N.B. there is nowhere along this approximately 700m section for two mobility scooters, wheelchairs or children’s buggies to pass).

Take the track to the left (grid reference NY 26842266), running between a fence and hedge (N.B. again there are no passing places along this approximately 180m section).

At the end, turn left then follow the path which bends round to the right through Cockshott Woods.  Turn right at the far side of the wood, back on to the 'for all' section of the path, returning along the lakeshore.


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 (access with Radar key or 40p). There is a café at the 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