7th February 2016

A windy walk in Borrowdale

Time 11:35am to 2:30pm
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent hardly any ascent at all
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Longthwaite - Seatoller - 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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Heading through a very blustery Rosthwaite.

Looking back along the track to Rosthwaite.

The stepping stones might have been visible today but there was far too much quickly moving water to set foot on them.

The River Derwent works its way through Borrowdale, and although the river is flowing fast today, you'd hardly think it capable of causing as much damage as it did in recent months.

High Scawdel, seen from the path between New Bridge and Longthwaite.

Longthwaite Farm.


Passing through the grounds of the youth hostle.


From the path above Folly Bridge we look across Mountain View for a mountain view.

Looking back to Seatoller.

We saw lots of these things today.

As Stonethwaite is reached we're greeted by the small of coal burning and dogs barking.

Once the sneck had rattled itself into place and the church door was firmly closed behind us, the noise of the wind seemed a hundred miles away as we enjoyed ten minutes peacefulness and calm. Behind me are several displays telling "The Borrowdale Story". Rather than going into minute detail which would be too time consuming to read when you're just passing by, it gives quite an interesting overview of the place and it's history. Well worth calling in for a quick look, especially on a day like this when it was nice to get a little bit of shelter.

News Flash!
A robber wearing a red hat and a red scarf was seen running away from Stonethwaite Church this afternoon. Anyone with clues to the identity of the criminal please contact the Vicar, the Verger or the guy that cuts the grass in the church yard.

Eagle Crag is seen as we leave Stonethwaite.

We turn left as Stonethwaite Bridge and make our way back through the valley to Rosthwaite.

Stonethwaite with Eagle Crag across there on the left of the picture.


From the bend in Stonethwaite Beck we see the rain beginning to fall at the head of the valley. Thankfully we managed to get to the car before it reached us.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks