Rosthwaite Round, fells, tarn and beck walk

Duration:Half Day

This favourite walk will take you to a Borrowdale gem - the hamlet of Watendlath. The route follows the track up to Watendlath, before heading to Dock Tarn and descending to the dale of Stonethwaite. Along the way, you will discover oak woodland, two tarns (mountain ponds) and stunning Lakeland views.

Have a look at our downloadable route map

  1. From the starting point, walk back to the main road, turn left and immediate right. Follow the path over the bridge and head up the path signed to Watendlath. 'This walk contains all the elements of a perfect Lakeland day - open fell, spectacular views all the way, a fabulous hamlet, an ancient oak wood and a riverside walk to finish.' - Malcolm Wade, Fix the Fells volunteer.

  2. Follow the path up the hill, past a group of trees known locally as the Six Sisters (five Scots pine and a yew). Keep on the bridleway all the way until the white painted farm at Watendlath beckons you to a well earned rest and some home-cooked fare.

  3. After visiting the hamlet, retrace your route for a short distance, then fork left around the tarn, following the signs for Dock Tarn. Over a couple of small fords and kissing gates, follow the path and the well-signed route to Dock Tarn.

  4. Wander along the right-hand side of Dock Tarn and follow the path to a favourite local viewpoint. A fantastic vista of Greenup Edge to your left, Glaramara summit ahead, the gorgeous Langstrath Valley, and a view to Honister, Haystacks and Pillar.

  5. From the summit follow the winding pitched path (maintained by Fix the Fells volunteers and donations, see for further details) downwards. The path leads you past an old building and into the old oak wood that is Lingy End.

  6. As the slope eases at Willygrass Gill, cross the wall through a wooden stile to reach a stone stile. Cross another wall and leave the wood behind for a grassy slope to the track. Follow the track past the Stonethwaite bridge (unless your destination is the Langstrath Inn for a pint) and follow the Stonethwaite Beck back to Rosthwaite Bridge and the lane returning to the road.

Further Information

Start/Finish: Rosthwaite National Trust car park, grid ref: NY 257 148

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Terrain: Moderately difficult with steepish ascent and descent (1,500ft, 446m). Dogs welcome under close control, but please do not allow your dog to foul on paths and around picnic areas.

Time to complete the walk: 3-4 hours

By Rebekah Ingham

How to get here

Rosthwaite Car Park

CA12 5

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 255 148

Get Directions

By boat/ferry: Ferry from Keswick to Lodore Hotel, then follow foot directions.

By foot: From Keswick foreshore (NY 263 225) follow lakeside footpath to Lodore Hotel. Follow road to Grange, cross river by bridge and join southbound path on left (Allerdale Ramble). At NY 250 165, path splits, take left path through the wood and follow River Derwent to Rosthwaite.

By bike: From Keswick take B5289 Borrowdale Road to Rosthwaite.

By bus: Borrowdale Rambler 77/77A and 78, Keswick Bus Station to Borrowdale, every 30 minutes.

By car: From Keswick take B5289 Borrowdale Road to Rosthwaite. Turn right in village and park in National Trust car park.