19th January 2014

Stonethwaite, Watendlath and Rosthwaite


Walk Overview
Time 10:10am to 2:35pm
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Stonethwaite - Lingy End - Dock Tarn - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Longthwaite - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It was raining when we got up this morning so we delayed our start by an hour in the hope that the rain would ease off and the day might brighten up a little. Well, the rain did stop for a while and although the walk wasn't done totally dry I hardly feel the need to complain.
Here we're walking towards Stonethwaite where we turned left and headed into the tree covered fellside on the left of the picture.

Sleepy Stonethwaite.

Water water everywhere.

The path we take into the woods gradually leaves the valley floor and just as well. The path next to the wall was more under water than not. Straight ahead is Eagle Crag.

Looking back across to Stonethwaite.

Lots of water running off the fells today.

Out in the open at Lingy End and looking across towards Honister Pass flanked on he left by Gray Knotts and on the right by Dale Head; both are topped with cloud.

From the same place looking around to Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.

Willygrass Gill.

Zooming in on part of Langstrath.

Dock Tarn.

A view back to Dock Tarn. It was far too wet to walk anywhere other than the stony path and this was incredibly slippery and we needed to use a bit of caution and concentration.

Organised chaos!

On the way down here we passed a couple on their way up to Dock Tarn. "have you came from the tarn" she asked. "Yes, we've just came over from Stonethwaite" she than asked "is it pretty". Without thinking I just said it was. As we walked away I couldn't help but think the tarn isn't really what you'd call pretty at all. It's a lovely place without any doubt but pretty, no, that's probably the wrong word to use.

It was our turn to get some sunshine.


How to cross a stream in four pictures
1) Approach the stream and begin your crossing
2) Change your mind and find a different spot
3) Step onto a conveniently placed stone
4) , , , , and jump !


A view of Watendlath and its tarn.

Jennifer heads across to the hot chocolate and cake shop.

"I'll tell you what, I'll just wash my hands in the tarn instead"

The pack horse bridge over Watendlath Beck.

Now we head over from Watendlath to Rosthwaite.

It looks like a heavy shower is heading in our direction.

And only minutes after I'd admitted defeat and put on my waterproofs, the rain stopped and it brightened up. Now we have a clear view down to Rosthwaite.


Looking across the fields to Castle Crag, High Spy and Maiden Moor. The house in the picture is for sale. I can't argue about the setting which is absolutely perfect, , , , however, it's a bit too big for the two of us and the beck is uncomfortably close to the house. Given the number of floods there are these days, everytime it rained I'd be outside checking the level of the water.


The stepping stones, but not today.

By the time we got to the bridge at Longthwaite it was raining heavily and the main aim was to get back to the car instead of taking pictures.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks