Borrowdale and Watendlath - Lake District (approx 5 miles)

Map: Sheet 4 The English Lakes - North Western area
Start: Stonethwaite - parking is limited, an early start is recommended. Alternatively there is parking at Rossthwaite. (NY262137)
Route: The route mostly follows clear tracks and paths - most are rather stony underfoot. The first uphill section is very steep and slippery and on the higher sections cairns mark the route.

From village, follow the path which leaves the road at a bend near the phone box. Cross the footbridge over Stonethwaite Beck, then turn right on the bridlepath signposted towards Grasmere. After about 200 metres, close to a round, stone sheep pen, follow a path on the left which leads diagonally up the hillside. The path soon takes you into an oak wood, and zig-zags steeply up the fellside.
When you emerge from the wood, the climb becomes less steep, until you reach the top and can see Dock Tarn. Stay to the left of the tarn, following the path down to Watendlath. The path needs care, as it is quite steep and the stones underfoot can be slippery.
We crossed the bridge and visited Caffle House Tearoom for some refreshment, before setting off back to Stonethawite. The return journey took us back across the bridge, then take the bridleway which forks left and is signposted for Rossthwaite. The path climbs gently for nearly half a mile, before descending more steeply down into Borrowdale.
At a gate on the right, keep straight on (unless you wish to return via Rossthwaite and possible refreshment at the Scafell Hotel). The path continues to descent gently until it joins the bridlepath along the valley bottom. Turn right to re-cross the bridge across Stonethwaite Beck and return to Stonethwaite.

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