This picture shows two lone posts struggling to survive within Derwentwater near Keswick. Derwentwater is very much a landscape of moods, varying from the dramatic waves splashing against Friar’s Crag when driven by southerly gales, to the absolute mirror calm of early mornings.
When you walk down to the lakeside it is not difficult to see why Derwentwater is one Keswick’s main assets. Derwentwater is only a short stroll from the town centre via Hope Park with its beautiful formal gardens. Derwentwater is three miles long and is fed by the River Derwent catchment area in the high fells at the head of Borrowdale.
A little further on from the boat landings is Friars Crag with its stunning views of Derwentwater and the Borrowdale valley. The Derwentwater viewpoint is one of the most popular places for photographs and only a short stroll from the town centre. The view was described by Ruskin as one of the three or four most beautiful views in Europe. There is a memorial to Ruskin on the crag, a slab of rock with a bronze portrait medallion. It is called Friar’s Crag because it is said to be the departure point for monks sailing to St Herbert’s Island on pilgrimmage to where the Saint was said to live. The fictionary Old Brown from Squirrel Nutkin in the Beatrix Potter tale was also supposed to have sailed to the island, known as Owl Island in the book. The Lingholm Woods on the opposite side of Derwentwater were used as a background for many of Beatrix Potter’s woodland and nature sketches.
Tens of thousands of walkers will have looked at and wondered at the modern sculpture set in Calf Close Bay, placed there to commemorate the Centenary of the National Trust in the Lake District. It is carved out of a boulder of volcanic rock from the Borrowdale Valley, the unusual design represents ten segments across ten rings, a century.