6th May 2013

Watendlath, Grange Fell and Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 13.40 to 18.00
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ashness Bridge - Surprise View - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Grange Fell - Long Moss - Troutdale Cottages - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay
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

What a rubbish morning of low cloud and rain; or at least it was at home anyway. "never mind, it's supposed to clear up this afternoon so we'll take a chance and wait". And what a lovely afternoon it turned into. As if you need to be reminded, this is Ashness Bridge, looking very busy with lots of visitors. I suspect most of them are more than relieved that despite coming here on a bank holiday, they've managed to see the place looking it's best. Considering how nice a day it turned into, I thought it strange that we probably saw more people at this spot than on the rest of the walk put together.

Ashness Farm looks like it's had a coat of paint.

Looking straight ahead from Surprise view.

and looking a little further to the left for a view of High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Ashness Wood.


It was lovely and peaceful walking alongside Watendlath Beck this afternoon. You'd hardly think it was a back holiday at all.

Looking back through the valley. Our route took us along the left hand side; above the wall.

Arriving at Watendlath.

I guess this one isn't for hire anymore.


Watendath packhorse bridge.

Heading out of Watendlath we take the path up to Puddingstone Bank where we turn off for the short walk up to Grange Fell summit.

"when you hear the splash you know you're off the stile"

Despite the look of the place there's an easy to follow path from the stile to the summit of Grange Fell.

A long distance view across to the northern fells from Grange Fell summit.

Still at the top and now I'm looking over High Tove to the Eastern fells.

There are quite a few pictures in this set that include the northern fells.


We're standing at Decision Junction now. The option we went for today, was to follow the path in this direction to the bottom of Kings How and then turn right to get to Troutdale Cottages. The other option would have been to, , , ,

, , , , head in this direction to get to Rosthwaite and then back to the car via Grange.

Just about to head into the woods at the end of Long Moss. In a few minutes time the route gets really steep.

"can you see the climbers up there"
"no, not really"
"is that better"
"a little bit but not much"
"okay, how about this"
"spot on"
"and this"
"yes, that's fine if I look carefully"

What a great area this is. The steep route down flanked by forest and rocks and crags wouldn't look out of place in a Jurassic Park film.

This is what you'd expect or should that be hope the weather to be like at this time of year. Jennifer made some remark about never having walked through here before. She had, but when I thought about it, I realised it must be well over 10 years since we've through here. It's strange how some places seem to get missed off routes.

A view back into the forest.


Lodore Farm, perfectly placed to supply hungry walkers with very nice Gingerbread. This is proper Gingerbread by the way, not the biscuit things they sell in Grasmere, , , , still very nice, but not really Gingerbread.

A view over Derwent Water to the northern fells.

and again

and another one for good luck.

A view back along Derwent Water taken from the headland near Barrow Bay


And to finish; a Cat Bells silhouette.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks