25th December 2009

A Christmas Day walk to Watandlath


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.45
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Borrowdale Road - Ashness Bridge - Ashness Wood - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - road back to Thwaite House - Mossmire Coppice - High Lodore - Borrowdale Road - Derwent Water - Barrow Bay
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

Christmas morning at Ashness Bridge.
Peace and quite, not a breath of wind, no one else about, lots of snow and the prospect of clearing skies; it just doesn't get much better than today's walk.

"there's food under here somewhere"

Looking out from Surprise view.

A close up of the Skiddaw fells reflected in Derwent Water.

This is more like it; out of the woods and into the sunshine.

Eight pictures taken on the walk to Watendlath.








Watendlath Bridge.

It seemed a shame to spoil the total silence; the loudest noise we heard while we were here was the clicking noise the camera makes every time I take a picture.



Merry Christmas from Watendlath.

Heading back along the road.
This is what my mother calls proper old fashioned country snow.





Time for something to eat, but not too much; we still had a Christmas dinner waiting for us at home.

One final look back through the valley.

Rather than continue any further along the road, we decided to drop down to Borrowdale via High Lodore, so we could walk along Derwent Water to reach the car. Just above High Lodore, we got this view across to Cat Bells.

"You're too late, we've already ate everything"

Semi frozen Derwent Water.
I'm sure someone mentioned a turkey dinner, so that's enough walking and taking photographs for one day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks