21st June 2008

Almost timed to perfection. Stonethwaite to Rosthwaite via Watendlath


Walk Overview
Time 07.05 to 11.10
Duration 4hr 5 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 1740 ft
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Lingy End - Dock Tarn - Great Crag - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - 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

The forecast was spot on today with a weather warning informing us that heavy rain would be arriving in Cumbria by late morning. With that in mind we had an early start to beat the rain, which started about five minutes before the end of the walk.

Stonethwaite with High Doat and High Scawdel behind.

Crossing the stile near the bottom of the woodland path (or The Steps as we always refer to it) running from Stonethwaite Beck to Lingy End.

Lingy End undoubtedly has fine views to show off, regardless of the direction you're walking in. If the route is done as an ascent however, the impact seems to be somewhat increased, probably by the fact that you've just completed the steep walk through the woods where views are none existent. Reaching this point usually results one of those wow moments.

Taken from the same place, but looking around to the left where you can see Greenup Gill, Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.

A close up of Langstrath.

Dock Tarn.
Sadly, there wasn't any sunshine to show off the colours today, but at least it was dry.

Watendlath comes into view.

Grange Fell.

A short distance from Watendlath, the narrow path from the fell gives way to a more substantial farm track leading straight to the side of the tarn.

A short distance from Watendlath, the narrow path from the fell gives way to a more substantial farm track leading straight to the side of the tarn.

Watendlath. One of the Lake District's premier beauty spots.
If I were told I could only do one more walk in the lakes then the route would have to include this spot. I'd willingly sacrifice a walk up any of the fells just to come here for one final time.

The bad news was that the tearoom was closed and I really fancied one of their toasted teacakes.
The good news was that the tearoom was closed. If we had spent time in here, we'd have got soaked at the end of the walk.

"I saw it first"
"No you didn't"
"Yes I did"
"No you didn't"
"Yes I did"
And so the argument went on !

"If you give me a piece of shortbread I promise not to cause any trouble like those two".

Some of the farm buildings at Watendlath.

Walking down to the tarn.

Total relaxation.

After having a look around and a bite to eat, we headed back over the bridge and continued on our way, ascending the path up to Puddingstone Bank and then down to Rosthwaite.

This descent into Borrowdale is a route I always enjoy, particularly at this time of year when the fields, trees and fellsides are all dressed in their finest greenery.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks