Surprise View

Surprise View, Keswick: Hours, Address, Surprise View Reviews: 5/5

Surprise View
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Mehlika M
Pateley Bridge, UK6 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This was such a beautiful spot. I totally recommend it, especially for those who’s health doesn’t permit them to climb and hike up to get a view like this. We almost parked in a car park just under a mile from the spot, but thankfully I saw a car keep going up the narrow bendy road, that was when to my surprise we discovered a car park right by the spot! Excellent. There are lots of natural spots (on the ground) on rocks and tree routes to sit and enjoy this spot. Me and my husband spent a good 45 mins here, just looking out over the view. We paid for an hour at £2.50 but I’m sure I saw lots of people not pay, maybe because they could monitor their car from the close proximity (a little naughty). I totally recommend the spot and the car park at the top. The walk up otherwise isn’t anything special I can imagine. I’m glad we cheated and preserved our energy to walk around the bottom of Derwent lake where the walk’s view was gorgeous.
Written May 20, 2021
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David R
22 contributions
Aug 2021
The junction entrance is ok on one side of road but a bit tricky on the other. You are looking at a good road climb, to surprise view, once there , there is no better view in the Lake District. Camera is a must , fantastic photo’s.
If you continue to the very top a cafe is waiting a welcome site.
This climb can be done in a car, it’s a bit scary single track and hope no one is coming the other way. There are passing points.
A car trip to the first car park is more suitable as the view is about 20 metres away. Car park has a metre price ,but if you are a current National Trust member it’s free just scan member card.
A must for that impressive picture.
Written August 3, 2021
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Keith
4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Everything was a bit sodden for really good walking but with such a large number of outdoor shops it was possible to get a lot of help getting boots fitted. Rathbones and Fischer's are ones visited in particular for when it is difficult to find comfortable boots.
Millets were selling gaiters during a warehouse closing sale and mountain warehouse had advertised discounts.
Once togged up with gaiters and Woolley hat, I left partner trying boots and walked round to castlerigg circle and back. Only 5 miles and only some of it really boggy.
Looked for the cars for the Stars museum bits been closed for years.
A number of walks to Friars crag on Derwent water stretched limbs a bit.
I like Keswick.
Written March 8, 2020
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fluffievelluto
Henlow, UK338 contributions
Jun 2021
What an amazing viewpoint overlooking Derwentwater. We wimped out and took the car all the way to the NT carpark at the top and were happy to pay to stay for 45 mins or so.

Simply spent the time marvelling at the view and taking a few piccies.
Written August 2, 2021
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ScottyGee81
Manchester, UK576 contributions
Jun 2021
We parked before Ashness Bridge and walked up to this beauty spot, quite a steady climb took us around 12-15 minutes.
On the way up you wouldn't believe how the view is about to open up through the trees over Derwentwater and across to Catbell's, breath taking and a must if in the area.

Tip - There are chargeable National Trust car parks further up and directly opposite.
Written August 9, 2021
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK3,145 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Surprise View and what a surprise it was. The walk from the bridge was a bit long and we would have parked closer if we knew about the car park next to this but the work is worth it. Highly recommended to visit this while you're in lake district.
Written August 30, 2020
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK190 contributions
Mar 2020
What an amzing view, one of the best I would say in the Lake District.
A nice walk up from the lake past the famous Ashness Bridge then to be rewarded with this spectacular view.
Be careful when you are there as its on a steep side of the mountain and it's a long way down
Written April 3, 2020
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Charlotte
Spennymoor, UK157 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Unbelievable view but the road up to it is a mission! The road is smooth but steep and nowhere near wide enough for the traffic on it. On our way up we passed 4 other big 4x4’s and it was difficult to get past.
My main gripe is that the National Trust expect you to pay for parking at the top but can’t be bothered to maintain and widen the road to cope with the traffic using it!
The stone bridge mentioned in other reviews shouldn’t be an issue for most but some warning from NT would be helpful! We got a Range Rover Vogue over it which was very tight but I struggle to see how smaller cars are having an issue?
There was a large camper stuck there on our way down - once again going back to a warning/ signage!
Written January 1, 2020
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MalcH
Loughborough, UK2,727 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
A short drive up to a national trust car park although be warned it’s narrow and not for the nervous. Having said that take it slowly and you’ll be just fine. The car park is literally across the road and you then get the most amazing views of Derwentwater and the surrounding mountains/valleys. As an alternative you can park lower down at Ashness Bridge and it’s an hours hike up and back.
Written September 11, 2020
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Matthew G
Cramlington, UK8 contributions
Oct 2020
Surprise View - what a surprise and what a View.

Parked just over the Little Bridge and walked up to the View.
The walk didn't take that long and by doing so the surprise of the view was even better!

There is a car park at the top if the hill walk is a bit too much.

What a beautiful and unspoilt place - perfect photo opportunities.
Written November 2, 2020
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