Dock Tarn and Great Crag above Borrowdale.

Start. Rosthwaite.

Route. Rosthwaite - Lingy End - Dock Tarn - Great Crag - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Rosthwaite.

Notes. I joined the National Trust today, well I had to I couldn't afford the parking charges at Rosthwaite, my punishment for idling in bed, now I've got a sticker in the windscreen that allows me to park free, in a round-about sort of way. Moan over a word about Dock Tarn, a beautiful body of water resting in a rocky hollow amidst heather moorland above Borrowdale, reeds and lilies adorn the clear water, a charming island breaks the surface home to rowan, this is an enchanting spot. For you list tickers out there the not exactly enchanting Great Crag rises to the north-west, accessed by a boggy path cutting through bracken and heather.

I left Rosthwaite via the path signed Watendlath, a finger-post next to the bus stop gave clear directions, after crossing the foot-bridge another pointed the way to Stonethwaite, a lovely river bank ramble followed before passing through a gate into a narrow lane. Continuing between dry stone walls I passed under Heron Crag and the oddly named Huddleston's Shop before reaching Stonethwaite Bridge, ignoring the bridge I continued through another gate to be greeted by a sheep fold, here a yellow arrow next to the fold pointed up the hill. My ascent started here, easy at first before a stile allowed access to ancient oak woods, with a pitch path to guide me I climbed Lingy End, a real leg burner, I emerged from the trees near an old peat hut, the path then guided me over moorland, across easier ground to enchanting Dock Tarn.

I picked my way along the rocky shore before following faint paths and sheep tracks to Great Crag. Leaving the summit another faint path carrying me to the main trod leading to Watendlath, an oasis in a stunning mountain setting complete with tarn, tea room and midges. After almost being eaten alive I headed back to Rosthwaite a stoney bridleway under foot, over Puddingstone Bank I passed before descending back to my starting point.

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Viewing Frith Wood and Belt Knott from Rosthwaite at the start of today's little wander.

The Borrowdale Fells seen over Stonethwaite Beck.

Looking to Eagle Crag and the long ridge of Greenup Edge.

From the start of my ascent, views to the tiny hamlet of Stonethwaite.

Ascending through the oak woods on Lingy End.

Above the tree line looking to Eagle Crag.

Stunning views across Borrowdale, a sunlit Honister Pass backed by the dark ridge of Fleetwith Pike.

Rising between the valleys of Stonethwaite and Langstrath, Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag with Greenup Edge to the left.

Looking to the Great Gable massif.

Seen from the approach to Dock Tarn, Bessyboot.

A diamond in the hills above Borrowdale, Dock Tarn.

The island adorned with rowan.

Dominating the sky line to the north mighty Skiddaw.

Looking down on Watendlath with the shadowed summit of High Tove rising behind.

Looking to the saw tooth skyline of Grange Fell, with names like King's How, Jepplety How and Brund Fell, a landscape worth exploring another day.

Dale Head rising above High Scawdel and High Spy.

An oasis in a stunning mountain setting, Watendlath complete with tarn, tea room and midges.

Residents of these parts.

Watendlath Tarn.

Wonderful mountain scenery seen on the descent from Puddingstone Bank.

About to enter Rosthwaite on an ancient path that was once the main route across the valley.

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