Watendlath and Lodore from Rosthwaite.

Start. Rosthwaite.

Route. Rosthwaite - Puddingstone Bank - Watendlath - Moss Mire - Mosmire Coppice - High Lodore - Lodore Falls - Grange - Holmecrag Wood - Low Hows Wood - New Bridge - Rosthwaite.

Notes. In all the years I've been walking this was the first time I've ever been disappointed visiting Borrowdale, wind and rain, sunshine and snow it never fails to amaze, let me explain. When I left home the south of the county was shrouded in mist, as I drove north the fell tops begun to reveal themselves bathed in sunlight through windows in the cloud, Dunmail Raise saw me above the cloud base looking down on a sea of mist, as I descended to Keswick I drove into a different world, a world I would normally love walking through, azure blue sky and sunshine, gone the mist and spooky scenery of South Lakeland, gone brooding mountains through windows in the cloud, gone the fingers of mist creeping across the valleys, gone my hopes of wandering above a cloud inversion. Never mind come on grab your boots and bag, we can't let a day like today go to waste, can we now.

I left Rosthwaite via the ancient track ascending Puddingstone Bank, this lead to Watendlath, the mist may have vanished but the views remain the same, fabulous. Once at this hidden gem in the hills I turned north, the waters of Watendlath Beck guided me into mature oak woods, I'd checked the map before entering the woodland, the word ford caught my eye, without even pondering the question of crossing I continued, until the ford was reached, too deep, too wide and the rocks were awfully slimy, time to re-trace my steps. A hundred yards or so back up the track a path descends to High Lodore, I followed this and an excellent path it was, it deposited me right next to the High Lodore Farm Café, never ignore the opportunity for a brew.

Once refreshed I thought as my intention had been to visit Lodore Falls I should, a short walk along the valley road followed, I passed behind the buildings of the Lodore Hotel to visit the jumble of boulders in the water filled ravine that is the 90ft cataract of Lodore Falls. Visit over I re-traced my steps back along the valley road to a footpath signed Manesty, this is a good path, well used, it guided me to the other side of the valley where I joined the tarmac lane for the short walk into Grange. Greeted by a finger-post in the village, an invitation for the lucky rambler to visit Castle Crag, I obliged following the tarmac lane to Hollows Farm, before reaching the farm buildings another finger-post invited me to Rosthwaite, I followed said path down to the banks of the River Derwent, through the Jaws of Borrowdale and onward to New Bridge, I crossed New Bridge to start the short walk back to my starting point.

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Across the pastures of Borrowdale, rising into the western skies, High Scowdel and High Spy.

Seen from the track to Watendlath the sylvan slopes of High Doat backed by Great and Green Gable.

The mists have almost vanished but the hills always remain, Thornythwaite Fell and Rosthwaite Fell split by a typical hanging valley, The Combe.

Viewing High Spy with Dale Head rising above Rigghead Quarries in the dip to the left.

A wonderful view from the ascent of Puddingstone Bank, Great Gable, Green Gable and Base Brown including Grey Knotts directly above the tree.

Stunning reflections on Watendlath Tarn....

....and again looking to the farm buildings with High Tove and Middle Crag rising behind.

Watendlath Fell seen twice in a delectable reflection, to the right for you list tickers Great Crag.

Most visitors take pictures of the pack horse bridge, me included, it's pretty bland today next to a reflection like this.

Watendlath Beck in no hurry to reach the confusion of Lodore.

Autumn hues in Mossmire Coppice.

Before plummeting to the valley floor Watendlath Beck cuts through this rift in the bed rock.

These fall have no name but for arguments sake lets call them High Lodore.

Climbers on Shepherds Crag with a novel way of filming their exploits.

Lodore Falls.

Seen over the wet lands at the foot of Derwent Water, Blea Crag with King's How to the left.

As seen from the path to Manesty, Walla Crag.

Over Great Bay, Skelgill Bank leads to Cat Bells.

Walla Crag over Derwent Water, on the horizon Lonscale Fell and Blease Fell.

Cockley How seen from the tarmac lane to Hollins Farm.

The River Derwent, last time I passed this spot I had the pleasure of being entertained by a lone Otter.

Low Hows Wood, a wonderful tract of woodland in the shadow of Castle Crag.

Near New Bridge looking to Eagle Crag with cloud spilling over Ullscarf.

A final view through the Jaws of Borrowdale.

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