10th August 2008

A wet weather walk to Watendlath


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Ashness Bridge Road - Ashness Bridge - Ashness Wood - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - Watendlath Road - 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

To say the least, it was bucketing down this morning and the prospect of a day traipsing across the fells in this weather didn't appeal today. With that in mind I opted for a walk from the Borrowdale road to Watendlath and back. If by some miracle it had cleared up we would have extended the walk into Borrowdale, but sadly this wasn't to be.

Ashness Bridge.

And again. Notice the colour of the water, which is stained to the colour of cold tea by the peat washed down from the fells above.

Ashness Cottage and its two resident Donkeys (to the left of the sign).

A little further up the road is Ashness farm.

A close up of one of the landing stages on Derwent Water, seen from , , , ,

, , , Surprise view, which was neither a surprise (because I know it's there) nor a great view (because of the weather).

Watendlath Beck, fuller than normal, browner than normal and noisier than normal.
I couldn't begin to count up the number of times I've walked this route, but I still enjoy walking along the path between here and Watendlath just as much now as I did the first time we ever came this way.

What can I say? Some people out there will think this is great fun, while others among you would struggle to think of anything worse. Given the conditions today I'm inclined to side with the latter.


For a brief time the rain actually stopped and it looked like it may brighten up after all, But brief it was, and by the time we'd reached Watendlath it was as wet as ever.


Did I mention there was a lot of water about today?

Watendlath was deserted this morning, which is most unusual for the middle of August. Had it been a 'proper' summers day the place would have been packed with visitors.

One of the cottages at Watendlath.

For the return journey we followed the road back.

I must walk about with my eyes closed half the time. Despite the number of times I've walked past here, this is the first time I've noticed this.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks