5th June 2011

A wet walk to Watendlath and a dry return through Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.35 to 13.40
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - Birkett's Leap - Puddingstone Bank - Watendlath - Watendlath Beck - Mossmite Coppice - High Lodore - Great Bay ( Derwent Water ) - Grange - river Derwent - High Hows Wood - New Bridge - Rosthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

There are actually two car parks right next to each other in Rosthwaite. One is the official car park and this is reflected in the pay and display price. The other one is simply a number of parking spaces adjoining Rosthwaite Village Hall which has a honesty box on the wall of the building.
I know which one I'd rather give my money to.


Route Map

I took this picture of High Skawdel from the bridge near Hazel Bank.

Looking across to High Spy, Maiden Moor and Castle Crag.

Below Hazel Bank.

Heading up the Rosthwaite path to Watendlath. Unfortunately the rain had set in for a while now, it wasn't too heavy, but it was constant.

Descending from Puddingstone Bank to Watendlath, and apart from a couple of short sections between Grange and Rosthwaite, that just about brings to an end the uphill walking for today.

Watendlath Tarn in front of Great Crag.


Looking over the tarn's outflow to the path we'd just followed over from Rosthwaite.

A view through Watendlath's hanging valley.

Watendlath Beck.

It was here that we turned off to the left and headed down to High Lodore and Borrowdale.

Mossmire Coppice.

Borrowdale comes into view as we make our way down to High Lodore.

The Skiddaw fells, seen here beyond Derwent Water.

Climbers on Shepherds Crag.
Rather them than me !

I assume this was part of some 'adventure activity'. The climbers were emerging from the woods at the bottom of the crag, running across to these boats and then setting off in groups towards Derwent Water.


Manesty and Cat Bells (on the right).

Walking through Low Hows Wood.

The River Derwent.

Not far from Rosthwaite now; over the bridge, turn right and follow the lane into the village.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks