3rd July 2016

A walk around Rosthwaite, Watendlath and Grange

Time 9am to 1pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent in the region of 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - Puddingstone Bank - Watendlath - Watendlath Beck - Mossmire Coppise - High Lorore Farm - Chinese Bridge - Great Bay (Derwent Water) - Grange - Low Hows Wood - High Hows Wood - New Bridge - 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


I'm in Borrowdale today to walk a route of Jennifer's choosing. All responsibility for getting us back in one piece was hers as I was simply brought along as someone to talk to and as baggage handler, (that's a polite way of saying I had to carry everything). To be fair though, I was treated to dinner at one of the tea rooms we passed, and to be fair a second time, you'd be hard pushed to find a nicer route anywhere in the Lake District.

It's the start of July and all is green in the garden at the moment. The bracken is high, the trees are in full leaf and well tended gardens are showing off their summer display. Sadly there wasn't a huge amount of sunshine to show it off today; just a few short spells of brightness a little later in the walk. Never mind, it's still nice to be wandering in the great outdoors.

We enjoyed a sunny walk across Puddingstone Bank but behind us the skies were black and by their appearance, laden with rain.

Heading down to Watendlath.

It was lovely at Watendlath this morning, very calm and warm and no more than a couple of other people knocking about. Pity we got here before the cafe opened but never worry, Jennifer knows the location of every cafe in the area along with their opening times and what's the best thing on the menu. I didn't realise the walks she does on her own were part of some in depth survey of Lakeland's tea rooms.
As she said at the time "we could go to the one at High Lodore but they do nice soup in the one opposite the church in Grange so you'll have to wait till we get there".





Looking back along Watendlath Beck.

Ah, so they've replaced the damaged bridge with this fine looking crossing. Lets hope they never need to replace this one for any other reason than old age.


Above High Lodore and the view opens to show the Grange area of Borrowdale. That's Maiden Moor opposite.

Our route took us through the farm yard, past the tables & chairs outside the cafe and onto the Borrowdale road.

We take the slightly longer route to Grange via the southern end of Derwent Water. In the distance are the Skiddaw Fells.

Chinese Bridge.


Manesty seen below Maiden Moor with Cat Bells in the distance.

Lunch with a view of the centre of Grange. You've probably worked out that we we're being posh today by eating out instead of the usual 'bring your own' option.

Fed and watered we head out of Grange and make our way towards the River Derwent and Rosthwaite.

The River Derwent.

and again, this time a little further up stream where you generally see some lovely reflections. Even on windy days the water always seems to be nice a calm along here.


Here we stop and look across to Castle Crag. As I said to an elderly couple we passed, "the sun's nice and warm it just isn't staying out for very long".

Standing next to New Bridge I take a picture looking along the track leading back to Rosthwaite.

And to finish, it's only a short walk back into Rosthwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks