16th November 2012

An afternoon walk to Watendlath


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 15.45
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Borrowdale Road - Ashness Bridge - Surprise View - Ashness Wood - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - road back to Ashness Wood - Ashness Bridge - Near Borrowdale road
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

Before setting off I took this picture looking down towards Derwent Water. The car park is just to the right of the picture.

A couple of minutes walk and looking in the opposite direction you see the road leading to Ashness Bridge.

Out of season at Ashness Bridge. Only two people having a picnic and only one person taking photos.

Ashness Farm, , , ,

, , , , and it's surroundings.

A not so close up close up of Keswick launch. No need to jump the queue to get a decent seat today.

Cat Bells and Maiden Moor, seen from Surprise View.

and the view itself; Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

November woodland may be damp, cool, and a bit messy to look at, but today there wasn't a breath of wind and it was completely peaceful.

Time to cross Watendlath Beck.

Looking through the hanging valley towards Watendlath.

A view back along Watendlath Beck.


A long distance view through the valley.

At Watendlath now and although I wasn't here for long, it was still nice to have the place to myself.

Rowing boat production line. Three down, seven more to do.

I wonder if it has road tax, MOT and insurance.

Now for the walk back along the road. Not long after taking this picture that annoying kind of drizzle arrived. It was too dry to be wet and too wet to be dry, , , , I didn't bother putting a jacket on.

If the scrapes on the road are anything to go by there must be quite a few drivers out there wishing they hadn't came here.



A view of Surprise View.

Back at Ashness Bridge. The two picnicers have gone and that just leaves me.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks