1st March 2006

My favourite route on a lovely sunny day.


Walk Overview
Time 09.35 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 2040 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Stonethwaite - Dock Tarn - Great Crag - Watendlath - Grange Fell - Rosthwaite - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.


Route Map

One of the cottages next to the phone box in Stonethwaite (the start of the walk).
As it was such a lovely sunny morning today, we decided to walk my favourite route in the hope of seeing the area at its best. Even though the cloud started to build while we were on the last section of the walk, it did nothing to spoil a really enjoyable day on the fells.

Stonethwaite with High Scawdel and High Spy behind.

Sunlight and shadows in the woods below Lingy End.

From Lingy End looking across to Seatoller and Honister Pass.
The fell on the left is Grey Knotts and the dark pointed fell is Honister Crag.

A frozen Dock Tarn.

Taken from near the place where the path from Great Crag joins the main path between Dock Tarn and Watendlath. The snow capped fells in the distance are Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man.

Looking in almost the same direction as the previous photo. This time taken from much further down the path. Watendlath can be seen on the right of the picture.

A closer picture of Watendlath and the tarn.

And again.

The packhorse bridge at watendlath.

One of the Watendlath residents keeping a sharp eye out for any crumbs we dropped as we were eating.

Some of the farm buildings and cottages at Watendlath.

A last look down to Watendlath.

Open fellside along the route up to Grange Fell (the darker fell on the left).

The Skiddaw fells and Derwent Water from Grange Fell.

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Lake District Walks