26th July 2009

And after the rain, , , , we walked to Watendlath


Walk Overview
Time 15.00 to 17.30
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 4.7 mile
Ascent 718 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ashness Bridge - Surprise View - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - Road back to Ashness Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ashness Bridge

This is a large parking area found only a minutes walk from the ever popular Ashness Bridge. Despite most people never walking any further then the said bridge, this is a great place to start a walk onto this end of the central ridge.

Despite its popularity parking is free.


Route Map

Taking things easy near Ashness Farm.

Keswick Launch, taken from Surprise View.

And the view itself.

Shortly after leaving surprise view we left the road and heading down through Ashness Wood towards the bridge over Watendlath Beck.

Looking back to the bridge.
We had came to the bridge from the right hand side of the picture.
The path going out to the left leads down to High Lodore.
The path leading away behind us takes you to Watendlath.

Crossing the bridge over one of Watendlath Beck's tributaries.

Every time I've walked along here in recent years there seems to be a similar looking collection of tents in this field, so I'm assuming they must be an organised group of some sort.


The view back through the valley.

After a morning of none stop rain, I didn't expect to see many people in Watendlath today, and I certainly didn't expect the tea shop to be open; I was wrong on both counts. There were quite a few people about when we arrived and even more turning up while we were there.

Sometimes it's best to do as your told without even trying to think of an excuse, particularly when both my wife and my big sister tell me to hurry and take the picture because I'm paying for the tea.


"I know beggars can't be choosers, but haven't you got any other flavour, I'm sick of eating cheese & onion"?


Our return journey took us along the road through the valley where we met, , , ,

, , , this nice and calm group of Belted Galloways.

A close up of Ashness Farm.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks