Borrowdale, Watendlath walk


Central Lake District

Route: Watendlath and Borrowdale

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 29th January 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.9 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: sunny intervals, clouded over half way with some rain

Storm Gertrude, the latest in a long line of storms, had done its worst overnight and deposited yet more rain on an already saturated lakeland. The weather forecast indicated that there would be a break in the weather in the morning and this prediction turned out to be spot on as I headed over to Grange in the sunshine

I parked by the church and walked away from the River Derwent, turning left to join the Cumbria Way. The path followed the course of the swollen river, through stunningly beautiful landscape

When I reached Rosthwaite I crossed the Borrowdale road and started the climb up towards Watendlath. This isolated little hamlet is owned by the National Trust and is set next to an attractive tarn and surrounded by fells – a wonderful location

I set off on the long descent back into Borrowdale, following the course of Watendlath Beck all the way. The beck had clearly burst its banks in the floods and the route down was more like a stream than a footpath. On reaching the footbridge I turned left towards Lodore, passing a huge waterfall on the way down

The last short section was in poor light and rain along the roadside back into Grange but this didn’t put a dampener on what had been a fantastic walk

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