2nd September 2007

Ashness Bridge to Watendlath and Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 13.25 to 17.55
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ashness Bridge road - Ashness Bridge - Surprise View - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Rosthwaite - River Derwent - Grange - Derwent Water - Ashness Bridge Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, bottom of the Ashness Bridge Road, Borrowdale

A nice and handy little car park that gets you into the Keswick end of Borrowdale, offering easy access to the Ashness Bridge / Watendlath areas and of course Borrowdale itself.

Parking is free, but there are only a limited number of spaces, most of which are often taken up by inconsiderate parking.


Route Map

A busy place today.
We knew it was going to be an afternoon start for today's walk and we hadn't really thought about where to walk anyway, so we decided to do an old route we used to enjoy during our early days of fell walking. The walk doesn't include any fells as such, but it certainly takes in lots of other interesting places in and around Borrowdale. It also proves the point I often make about the Lake District having more to offer the walker than the fell tops.

Ashness Farm.

It wasn't the clearest of days, but surprise view, as it's called, never fails to deliver its surprise view.

A little way past surprise view we left the road to follow the track down to Watendlath Beck. We then crossed this bridge and continued along the path (behind me) all the way to Watendlath.

Campers on the opposite side of the Beck.

"I'm not looking at anything really, I just want to take your photo".

Heading to Watendlath along the lovely route beside Watendlath Beck.

One of the dozens of Watendlath residents who just couldn't seem get enough rock cake into their beaks. These birds have got landing, grabbing a couple of crumbs and the quickly flying off, down to a fine art. Most of the pictures I took here had no bird in them at all, well perhaps a couple of them had the end of their tails in them, but that was about it.

Pity about the car, but never mind.

Another local resident.

Watendlath's pack horse bridge.
The path coming towards the bridge (from the middle of the picture) is the one we'd followed next to the beck.

A nice colourful scene outside the tea room.

What a lovely spot !

Next on the route was Rosthwaite, first of all however, we had to cross over from Watendlath into Borrowdale. This photo is looking over towards Great Crag from the Puddingstone Bank section of the path.

Heading downhill and into Borrowdale now, with a fine view to a host of fells, including, Glaramara, Seathwaite Fell, Great End, Base Brown and Grey Knotts.

Looking down to Rosthwaite.

Below the Hazel Bank hotel.

Yew Tree Farm B&B.

New Bridge crosses the River Derwent shortly after leaving Rosthwaite. From here the path follows a lovely route alongside the river as far as the village of Grange; on route passing below Castle Crag.

There wasn't a sound as we were walking through the woods below Castle Crag. There must have been traffic travelling along the Borrowdale road, but not even this could do anything to spoil the moment.

The River Derwent.


Grange village.

Walking along the Borrowdale road we passed by, , , ( sorry, the name escapes me for the moment ). They do have very nice tea and cakes though.

I don't know who turned the light off, but it went really dark as we were walking next to Derwent Water on the last section of the walk.

The landing stage for Keswick launch found in Barrow Bay.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks