Day Eleven - Derwent Water Boat Launch & etc.  

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It was our last full day in Keswick and we didn't drive anywhere, except to the Theatre car park, in the evening.     

In the morning, my wife was a little under the weather so three of us set out on foot to take the Keswick Boat Launch tour of Derwent Water.  It was a Thursday Market Day in Keswick, so we spent some time there, too. 

The boat tour was good but the overcast light was often flat.                                                              

Later on Rich & I had a brew at the Dog & Gun Pub before we three headed home.  It was a day you while away.....well, maybe we did some laundry too, getting things in order for the rest of the trip. 

Later on all four of us had dinner at the Theatre by the Lake cafe and then we saw a play. 

note - you can enlarge any part of a picture by left-clicking in and then out again.

Keswick Launch boat arriving at stop one overcast & a little cold hotel at south and of lake with a waterfall to the left
      sunshine for a minute
hikers disembarking boat launch stop for hike to Catbells leaving the Catbells area Blencathra in the distance
  two Keswick Boat Launch boats work the lake going clockwise or "anti-clockwise" view of Skiddaw on the way back  

KESWICK & DERWENT WATER

The following images from the web help convey Keswick's position in relation to Derwent Water, and, shows the most popular trail at Derwent Water to Catbells, a 1,300 foot climb.  The third image shows how to walk there from town, but the typical short-cut is via the Boat Launch stop 1, in Keswick, to the Hawk's End stop.    

looking west from Keswick Derwent Water Boat Launch stops trail to Catbells, see note below
walking to Catbells looking east at Keswick from Catbells

note - this detail from an OS Explorer (Ordnance Survey) map shows how thorough and useful these maps are for walkers.  At the top of that image, in the center, is a tiny number 86, which is exactly where Willow Green, our rental house, was located. 

WILLOW GREEN

Photos taken at the rental home....

living room dining room compact kitchen  
  reading with a fire journal entries at night      
morning view from bedroom best morning view from a week's stay the view here is of the Catbells area      

The house was just the right size for four adults and we made many decent meals there. The owners stopped by and gave us a key to the shed with unlimited access to their soft & hard wood piles, and as a result, a few times we had a blazing fire going.  

There was a pleasant radiator system throughout the home, taking maybe 15 minutes to generate heat, so turning up the dial was my first act of the day (since we had it set way down at night).  In our decent sized bathroom was a stack of horizontal bars, connected to the radiator system, a towel warmer, quite the luxury!  It also tended to keep the bathroom warm all day.

According to our clothing plan, doing some laundry was in order sometime during our stay at Keswick. The house had a European style combo washer-dryer, which on ECO mode took 3.5 hours to do a small load, and the clothes weren't close to dry.  Every time I walked by, nothing at all was going on & the clothes were just sitting there. Fortunately, LCB found a setting where a small load came out perfect, both washed & dried, after only 35 minutes.         

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