A Tour of the Watendlath Valley

Duration:Half Day
Activity:Best Views

A tour with stunning views of the picturesque hanging valley that leads to the quiet Watendlath hamlet, located high above Borrowdale.

On the way you will pass the famous view points of Ashness Bridge and Surprise View. Once at Watendlath you will be rewarded with views of the valley with its rocky outcrops, woodlands and medieval farmed landscape.

The narrow road winds its way up from Borrowdale following Watendlath Beck to Watendlath Farm. Here you will find car parking (National Trust pay and display), café (run by tenants at Caffle House) and toilets. Just behind the farm you will find an attractive tarn with views of the fell.

Further Information

Planning your visit:

At Watendlath: National Trust car park and toilets on site. The farm runs a small tea room, which is famous for its homemade cakes. The café is run by the residents at Caffle House. This was once the farm house associated with one of the many small farms that used to be worked at Watendlath.

In Keswick: Tourist Information Centre at the Moot Hall, which also has a range of Cafés, restaurants, shops and public toilets. Nearest petrol station is in Keswick.

How to get here:

By car from Keswick: Follow B5289 (Borrowdale road) until the road forks to the left. Follow the road left for Watendlath, via Ashness Bridge. Grid reference, NY 276164 OS map Explorer OL4. Once parked go through the small gate towards the farm. Ahead of you is the tarn, or go left to the cobbled packhorse bridge. Head over the bridge towards the gate on your right. This will take you to a open field with a just a few boulders scattered around. This is a good opportunity to sit down and take in the surrounding views, looking back down the valley that you have just driven through.

While you are in the area you might also like to try: Driving along western shore of Derwent Water or through the Newlands valley and over the pass dropping down into Buttermere.

Please remember: Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear and always use an OS map

By Jack Deane

Estate Ranger for the North Lakes Borrowdale. I enjoy working in the lakes because of the dramatic landscape that surrounds you. Also every day is different.

Jack Deane's Profile Picture

How to get here

Watendlath, Borrowdale

Watendlath CA12 5

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 275 163

Get Directions

By Bus and on foot: There are no direct services to Watendlath, but the Stagecoach 78 service does stop at Lodore Falls Hotel. From here, it is an hour walk to Watendlath. Starting steep through woodland, then continuing gradually along the valley to Watendlath where the cafe awaits. By boat: The Keswick Launch can take you to from Keswick to Lodore as well.

Telephone: 0871 200 22 33

Keswick Launch website: http://www.keswick-launch.co.uk/
Telephone: 017687 72263