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image for Walking Route item typeThe Bowder Stone and Watendlath at Keswick

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Walker in Watendlath

Walker in Watendlath


Tucked high amongst the fells in a secluded and hidden valley on the eastern side of Borrowdale is the picture perfect hamlet of Watendlath. It sits nestling in a glacier-carved hollow beside the mirrored waters of a tarn and surrounded by trees, crags, and network of ancient dry-stone enclosed fields. It is a delight to visit and makes an ideal target for an exploratory walk through Borrowdale. From Keswick the best way to access the walk is to take advantage of the regular water bus service on Derwentwater. This gives a prompt approach to the two main villages in the valley, Grange and Rosthwaite, and also allows you to take in the impressive 2000 ton erratic boulder, the Bowder Stone. Most of the walking is along valley-bottom paths but there is a bit of a climb over a fell pass from Rosthwaite to Watendlath, and there is also a short steep descent at High Lodore. The water bus service can be caught in either a clockwise and anti-clockwise circuit.

Walk Route: Keswick - Bowder Stone - Watendlath - Keswick

Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Miles: 8

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 1 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 430
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Map reference: NY 266234  Lat: 54.60041 Long: -3.13767

Take jct 40 from the M6 onto the A66 from Penrith to Keswick.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Penrith station