On the Western shores of Derwent Water, Brandelhow is a stunning place to sit and have a picnic. In the winter it can be quite chilly, but nothing a lovely flask of coffee, tea of hot chocolate can't fix.
If you like, you can take the launch from Keswick and get some wonderful views of the surrounding fells and landscape. Or if you are feeling particularly brave, you can take a rowing boat out onto the Lake - all the rowing will keep you warm!
Sitting quietly, and with a bit of luck, you may catch a glimpse of otters from this side of the Lake. They are shy and quite difficult to spot because of their colour, but with patience you might see them swimming by.
Please note parking may be limited, especially during the school holidays.
The lake shore footpath on the Western shores of Derwent Water is accessible to a good standard (dirt path with a relatively high gradient in some parts); suitable for pushchairs and people with limited mobility.
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I’m the National Trust ranger for Borrowdale and Newlands in the North Lakes, UK. I volunteered for the Trust when I came on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme aged 13. I started by building a new fence on Friars Crag to tackle an erosion problem and making paths more accessible for people with limited mobility. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to volunteer until I left school and was lucky enough to get a job with the National Trust. After working for the Trust for 29 years, I still love the job.