10th May 2014

A short dry walk after a long wet day


Walk Overview
Time 4:30 to 7pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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



We're almost in the middle of May now all is looking greener in the garden.

Walking wasn't on the cards today so I expected to have a day when I never even left the house. Then , soon after Jennifer got in from work, she suggested that we came here for a short walk and "if the rain got really heavy we could easily head back home". I turned the windscreen wipers off about 200 yards from the car park and we did the walk without any rain at all; brilliant.

I wonder how many people stood up there taking pictures of the bridge today.

"This is better than walking up and down the sands at Blackpool all day"

Ashness Farm.

The view towards Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite from Surprise View.

and from the same spot, looking towards Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.


We leave the road and make our way down towards Watendlath Beck.


The bridge over Watendlath Beck.

Once over the beck we picked our way through a crowd (herd) of Belted Galloways. Very placid and couldn't give a Mooooo about us two walking past them.

A stoney path runs alongside the beck and as easy as it looks, when it's wet, progress is quite slow because it's very slippery indeed. Having said that, why would anyone want to rush along here anyway?



The steps take you away from the beck and above the Intake wall.

Looking back through the valley.

There was lots of water about today. Very brown and peaty and also very fast flowing.

Watendlath was as quiet as you'd expect at this time of day. Two guys were fishing, three people had came down from the Rosthwaite direction and there was the two of us; and that was it.


Watendlath packhorse bridge.


We follow the road back to the car from Watendlath.



Thwaitehouse Beck drains the fellside below High Seat before joining Watendlath beck and eventually finding its way to Lodore Falls.

Zooming in on the old farm building found just before we get back into Ashness Wood.

Hello again !


David Hall -
Lake District Walks