26th June 2004

Water, water everywhere on the Central ridge.


Walk Overview
Time 06:00 to 10:45
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 2264 ft
Walking with Martin Hogge
Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - High Seat- High Tove - Watendlath - Ashness Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ashness Bridge

This is a large parking area found only a minutes walk from the ever popular Ashness Bridge. Despite most people never walking any further then the said bridge, this is a great place to start a walk onto this end of the central ridge.

Despite its popularity parking is free.


Route Map

Early morning light over Derwent Water. Heavy rain was forecast so an early start was in order.

Derwent Water from the path below Brown Knotts.

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite from the top of Cat Gill.

Walla Crag Summit. You can just see the end of Derwent Water at the bottom left of the cairn and Bassenthwaite at the top left. The cloud was starting to build by now, but the rain still held off.

Keswick, Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite from Walla Crag. The fells on the left of the picture are the Lord's Seat fells, the ones on the right are Dodd and Carl Side.

Martin at the top of Bleaberry Fell. It was starting to get very windy and cold now .

Blencathra from Bleaberry Fell summit.

High Seat Summit, again with Derwent water and Bassenthwaite in the back ground.

The Pewits. Possibly one of the boggiest places in the Lake District. The route from High Seat to High Tove is VERY wet and Boggy. Its almost impossible to stick to the path because of the conditions under foot. You end up doing a zig zag across the ridge and still end up with wet feet.

And again.

High Tove Summit and dry ground again.

A junction in the footpath above Watendlath. We had just came from the Armboth direction.

Watendlath. We had our first spots of rain on the path down to Watendlath. Luckily the rain never got much worse than this, until after we finished the walk.

The bottom of Raise Gill.

Whatendlath Tarn. The path on the other side of the tarn takes you over to Rosthwaite in Borrowdale valley. If I could only walk in the Lake District one more time, I would come to Watendlath.

The back of an old barn on the road between Watendlath and Ashness Bridge. A great place for shelter if the weather isn't too good.

Supprise View. The rain is starting to come in now. So we didn't quite have the exceptional view you sometimes get from this spot.

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Lake District Walks