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Sat, Mar 04


Rosthwaite National Trust Car Park

Borrowdale Valley and Watendlath Walk

Join us in the beautiful Lake District National Park for a low level walk around Borrowdale Valley! This 7.5 mile circular takes in the tranquil Watendlath Tarn, Lodore Falls, Derwent Water, and Grange. A walk suitable for those sure on their feet and ready for an adventure!

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Borrowdale Valley and Watendlath Walk
Borrowdale Valley and Watendlath Walk

Time & Location

Mar 04, 2023, 9:30 AM

Rosthwaite National Trust Car Park, Rosthwaite Institute, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, UK

About The Event

Walk Description:

Borrowdale is said to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District, and within this walk you’ll get to experience much of its charm. Starting from the small village of Rosthwaite (where there is limited parking, hence the earlier start), we will ascend Yew Crag via Bowdergate Gill to Watendlath, a beautiful tarn surrounded by a curtain of majestic fells.

From here we will follow a clear path alongside Watendlath Beck, a blissful and tranquil place that feels remote and wild. Once in Ashness Wood we will work our way through the maze of paths to Lodore Falls, a popular spot that has inspired many creatives.

Our path will then descend to the road, which we will cross and pick up a footpath past Great Bay on Derwent Water, before joining The Cumbria Way path along the valley bottom to Grange.

It is the River Derwent that will lead us back to the car in Rosthwaite, through the ancient Low How and High How Woods.

Places are always limited on our walks, so do book on as soon as you can!

Walk length: 

Approx. 7.5 miles (4-5 hours) 

Date and time:

Saturday 4th March 2023 | Start at 9:30am - meet around 9:15am 

Start/finish location: 

Rosthwaite National Trust Car Park, Rosthwaite Institute, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, UK

This is a Pay and Display car park for those who are not National Trust members.

Getting to the car park: 

The car park is within the small settlement of Rosthwaite and is signed, though you’ll need to drive slowly in order to spot it! If coming from Seatoller, it will be on the left. If from Keswick, on the right.

Please use Google Maps to assist, although there is very little service in the valley itself.

Toilet stops:

There are no toilets on this walk. However, there are public toilets available at the car park.


By signing up to a walk with us you are giving us permission to take photos for promotional use across our website and social media pages. If you specifically do not want media taken with you in it, please do feel able to get in touch. We encourage you to take photos during your walk but ask you to be sensitive to other members. Also, we'd love to have a copy of any you are particularly proud of so we share them too!


All of our walks are weather dependant. The weather can play a major role in our enjoyment of a day's walking and in some cases can present a real danger. We always review the weather forecast in detail the days before and will send you an email and text if we have to change any plans. This is however only likely if we feel heading out will put us at real risk. Please check the forecast for yourself and come prepared for whatever the weather! You should come fully kitted out for a full day's hike in the walking area.

Accidents and Incidents:

Abbie and our walk leaders are all qualified first aiders and will always carry an appropriate first aid kit. We will have always created a risk assessment before your event takes place to mitigate any issues that might arise.

Honesty is essential to staying safe. Should you be involved in an accident or become injured during the walk it is important that you notify Abbie or other walk leaders as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken. Should you feel unwell or require first aid please let them know. Please use the booking form and the paper disclaimer you will be given on the day as an opportunity to raise anything sich as previous medical issues or injuries that may affect your experience. Abbie is also a qualified and insured Mountain Leader.

By joining this event you understand that:  walking in nature in an outdoor area brings with it a level of risk. You will need to take responsibility for your own actions, health and involvement during the walk and will be expected to exercise judgement based on your fitness levels as to whether you can complete the walk. You will also be expected to abide by any safety instructions and decisions made by Abbie and her team and have a duty to exercise judgement regarding your own personal safety and that of other members of the group. If you choose to ignore safety instructions we cannot be held responsible for the consequences.

By joining this walk you are also acknowledging that you have read our Safeguarding Policy and agree to it.

Any queries please get in touch.

Food and Drink:

We will not be providing any food or drink on this walk except emergency rations. Please ensure you have adequate food and drink for the day. If you have any questions or need any help/advice with what food to bring, please feel able to get in touch.


Well behaved dogs are welcome on this event but they must be kept on a lead at all times and able to work well with other dogs. Please email at time of booking to confirm that you are bringing a dog:

No Drug and Alcohol Policy:

Spend More Time In The WILD has been set up in order to inspire and motivate followers to head outside for the benefit of mental and physical health. We are committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure space for anyone walking out a journey of freedom from addiction and substance abuse and as such have a strict no drug or alcohol policy on our walks and camping events.


By Us: In the rare case that we have to cancel an event, you will be notified by email and offered a full refund.

By You: We require 30 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled arrival, otherwise we will charge you cancellation fee as below.

- 75% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes by 30 days to 7 days before your scheduled arrival.

- 100% of your total amount will be charged if you do not notify us about your cancellation or any changes within 7 days.

If you have any questions regarding the walk or booking, please get in touch via the 'contact' page. You will be supplied with a contact number for emergency use on the day of the walk in your booking package.


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