20th April 2014

A wander around the head of Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 9:20am to 1:10pm
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 900 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - Stonethwaite - Borrowdale road - Seatoller - Allerdale Ramble - River Derwent - New Bridge - Rosthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

There are actually two car parks right next to each other in Rosthwaite. One is the official car park and this is reflected in the pay and display price. The other one is simply a number of parking spaces adjoining Rosthwaite Village Hall which has a honesty box on the wall of the building.
I know which one I'd rather give my money to.


Route Map


We're in Borrowdale today for a walk around some of the villages and tracks at the head of the valley. Surprisingly this is the third day of the bank holiday weekend and it's also the third warm & sunny day in a row. No doubt the people that have came here for the Easter break will be pleased with their choice of destination.

If you like country lanes then this is the walk for you as indeed are any number walks in this area which could be devised from variations of this route. The first section of the walk took us from Rosthwaite to Stonethwaite.

Here we're passing the sharp bend in Stonethwaite Beck.


On t'other side of the valley are High Scawdel and High Spy. Up on the left are Grey Knotts and the top of Honister Pass.

Stonethwaite Bridge.

And once across the bridge the slightly elevated position gives a decent view of the main part of the village.

We walk past the church (it's on our left) and through the farm yard to make our way from Stonethwaite to the Borrowdale road.

The River Derwent seen from Strands Bridge.

Yurts offer a slightly higher level of comfort to those that like the outdoors but don't want to go the whole hog and spend their holiday in a normal tent. I've never fancied a camping holiday at all, although, I suspect I'd find a few nights in one of these quite enjoyable.

Seatoller was the point where we left the valley and headed up onto the higher route behind High Doat and Castle Crag.

A view back down to Seatoller.



We're not very high up but the views are still pretty good from here. On the left you have Castle Crag and right of centre is Grange Fell.

A close up of Castle Crag.

Looking back along the path.

It looks like the top of Castle Crag will be busy today.

We're heading down into the woods now and for the time being, we have a view across to part of Derwent Water and the northern fells. The more height we loose the more sheltered we become and the more sheltered we become the hotter it gets; fantastic.


At the River Derwent and time for something to eat.



Here's a short section of the path we followed alongside the river. It's mostly flat like this and even the downs and ups aren't very steep or long. To cut a long story short, it's just a really nice walk.

Grange Fell.

New bridge was a very popular place today with the kids having great fun dropping sticks into the water and then watching them float under the bridge. It's funny how youngsters can still enjoy themselves outdoors by playing the simplest of games we used to play at that age, yet, once they get back home, if something costs less than £200 and doesn't have a screen, they just don't want to know.

The way back to Rosthwaite.
"Do you fancy a cuppa and some cake at Rosthwaite"
"Yeah go on then"

Looking back along the lane between New Bridge and Rosthwaite.

The Flock-in, Rosthwaite, nice tea and cake, , , , but not today!
"What do you want"
"A cup of tea and whatever you decide, I'm not bothered"
"Have you got any money"
"Money?, , , I thought you'd have some"
"I did, but it was just some change for the car park"
"Well I didn't bring a purse because I thought you'd have plenty"
"Okay, never mind, we'll wait till we get home"

We're not accustomed to this kind of financial embarrassment so we found it quite funny when we realised we couldn't even scrape enough cash together to buy two cups of tea !! Next time we'll sort out the projected expenditure before we leave home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks