24th March 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 4 - Puddingstone Bank and High Tove


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 16.30
Duration 7 hr 15 min
Distance 13.5 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Rosthwaite - Puddingstone Bank - Watendlath - High Tove - Armboth - Thirlmere road - Wythburn - Greenup Edge - Stonethwaite - 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

The current spell of decent weather continues and today I'm joined by Rod for one of my passes walks. This walk took us from Borrowdale over to Thirlmere and back through the peaceful but very wet under foot valley of Wythburn. Given the amount of haze and the lack of long distance views, the higher fells were probably not the best place to be today anyway.

Rosthwaite Village Hall doorway and the road towards Yew Tree Farm.

A thick haze meant that there were no long distance views today, but I'm not complaining; it was dry, there was no wind and I even walked in the house with a suntan to show off..

This is the top of Puddingstone Bank which we seemed to reach in no time at all.

Looking down to Watendlath. After walking past the buildings, we headed up onto the skyline above the trees.

Watendlath Tarn, peace, quiet and much warmer then you'd expect at this time of year.



Another view looking down to Watendlath, this time taken from the path up to High Tove.
We passed the 'tree planters' on the way up here and we were told they would be planting about 2500 trees will cover quite a large area of fellside. I'm all for having more trees on the planet and helping the environment and all that. I just hope they stop when they get to the enough is enough stage.

Moorland walking, , , fantastic.

Looking back. There are fells in the distance but the haze was too thick for us to see them today.

High Seat seen from High Tove.

In contrast to the other side of the fell, part of the Thirlmere side drops steeply and rockily. I'm not sure if that's a new word altogether or an existing one spelt wrong.

Almost at Armboth or at least we would have been prior to them flooding the valley when there was actually a small village here.

A view back along the road with Helvellyn on the opposite side of the lake.

The circle of life, , , , on the Watandlath side of the fell they're planting new trees and on this side they're felling the old ones.

Now it was time to begin heading back up hill. To get back to Borrowdale, we walked up the lovely quiet valley of Wythburn to join up with the Greenup Edge route.

Wyth Burn. Our path can be seen running up the left hand side of the beck.


The Bog. Probably the most appropriately named place in the Lake District.

Even though we've had no rain to speak of for a couple of weeks, it was still far too wet to walk straight across the middle of this area. No matter, there's a half decent path around the edge.


Looking across the highest section of Greenup Edge.
The two fell tops nearest to us are Sergeant's Crag and Eagle Crag.

From the top of Lining Crag you get a great view of the drumlins next to Greenup Gill.

Looking back up to Lining Crag.

Now for the long walk down the side of Greenup Gill; well, it isn't actually that far, but it always feel like it is because this section of path is usually done at the end of a long walking day.

Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.

A longer distance view looking back. This time only showing Eagle Crag.

These three don't look very old at all. Not too steady on their feet and sticking close to mum.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks