28th December 2011

Ashness Bridge, Watendlath and Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 13.20
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Bottom of Ashness Beridge road - Ashness Bridge - Surprise View - Watendlath - Watendlath Beck - High Lodore Farm - Derwent Water - Bottom of 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

And when a dry day finally comes along the wind gets even stronger and we're forced to keep off the fells yet again.

Ashness Bridge, , , as if you didn't already know.

There was lots of water in Barrow Beck today. In fact there was lots of water everywhere. All the little streams and gills were full and most of the path alongside Watendlath Beck was like walking through a stream.

Ashness Farm.

The view from Surprise View.

And again, this time looking down to the flooded southern end of Derwent Water. From here, it looks like the path running across from this side of the river is 'passable with dry feet'. This wasn't the case I'm afraid, , , as one of the pictures near the end shows.

Out of Ashness Wood now and looking through the (hanging) valley.


Arriving at Watendlath.

Watendlath Tarn, below Great Crag; the higher ground just right of centre.


Well you don't stock a tarn with fish just to watch them all swim away.

There's that woman in the red hat and blue coat again. She must like walking over bridges as much I as like taking pictures of them.


A look through the valley, which I'm lead to believe is a glacial hanging valley.

These were created because they had a different rate of glacial erosion from that of the main valley. The floors of these hanging valleys were eroded and deepened more slowly than the main valley, so the difference between the depths of the two valleys steadily increased over time. As a result, the hanging valleys are left high above the main valley floor. The rivers and streams enter the main valley by a series of small waterfalls or a single much larger fall.

I'm not the expert, I just think it's interesting so I copied it from a book for you.

The steps near Watendlath Beck.

Watendlath Beck.


Watendlath Beck falls down these impressive and noisy series of cascades before ending up at the famous Lodore Falls further down stream.

Heading down into Borrowdale and now that we'd left the confines of the higher valley and the woods, we were also heading into the worst of the wind.

High Lodore Farm.

Flooded Derwent Water.

As I said earlier not passable with dry feet.

Even at this time of year when things are not quite as colourful as we'd perhaps like, mother nature still manages to come up with a few surprises.

Derwent Water and Cat Bells.
Notice the debris on the tree and the fence. This shows how full the lake has been recently.


Stormy Derwent Water.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks