15th July 2015

Watendlath and Rosthwaite

Time 1:45 to 7pm
Duration 5 hr 15 min
Distance 9.7 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ashness Bridge - Ashness Wood - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Rosthwaite - New Bridge - High Hows Wood - Grange - Derwent Water - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge
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


Ashness Bridge.

Ashness Farm seen from the road between Ashness Bridge and Surprise View.
Hands up if you can remember when there was a campsite in this field.

And here's a surprisingly clear view from Surprise View.

And another one, , , ,

And another one, , , , Okay, perhaps I'm getting a bit silly so we'll carry on walking.

Crossing the bridge over Watendlath Beck.


Looking through the valley in the direction of Watendlath.


Time for a cuppa and a piece of cake in the cafe at Watendlath where we were joined by lots of hungry feathered friends.



Watendlath packhorse bridge.

I pause for a look across to Watendlath just before we begin the walk over to Rosthwaite.
I find it hard to imagine that I could ever get sick of visiting this place, even if I'm still coming here when I'm in my nineties.


Looking back down the path above Watendlath.

A view across to Great Crag.

Downhill we go into Borrowdale.

A close up of Rosthwaite.


Yew Tree Farm Rosthwaite.

Rosthwaite Village Hall seen in front of the fellside we'd just walked down.

Sometimes it pays to already have your camera in your hand.

Blimey, at first glance I thought this looked like one of the machines from the first Terminator film. You know the scene I'm talking about, the one when the guy is thinking back (or is it forward) and the machines are shooting at everyone.

Looking across to Eagle Crag.


It was lovely walking through the woods today and, , , , surprisingly quiet. Apart from a group of kids, we never saw anyone between New Bridge and the cap site near Hollow Farm.

River Derwent reflections.

Grange cottage.

Haytime in Borrowdale.

A Great Bay view across to the northern fells, and Walla Crag (the rocky bit on the right).

Well, I reckon by the time we got this far, afternoon had been left behind and we were now walking in the evening. It had been nice and hot all the way around but this last section was by far the hottest part of the day. Absolutely brilliant to be out and about.

Looking back towards the southern end of Derwent Water.


Not far to go now, in the trees just across from the jetty.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks