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This month's walk: Grange Fell, from Rosthwaite to Watendlath

Image for article This month's walk: Grange Fell, from Rosthwaite to Watendlath

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(Pop into the Lodore falls Hotel en route for a cuppa!)

A leisurely walk in Borrowdale, with an estimated walking time of about 2 hours 30mins. This fantastic little route starts off with a climb up Castle Crag where you'll have the first rewarding views of the day. You'll be walking around Grange Fell, past Lodore Falls (Pop in for tea at the Lodore Falls Hotel!)

Then on to the idyllic hamlet of Watendlath, by Watendlath Tarn, before returning to Rosthwaite.

  • Loop or linear? Loop
  • Map: OS Explorer OL4 - The English Lakes (NW area)
  • Total distance: 8.5km (5.3 miles)
  • Total height gain: 229m (750ft)
  • Start: Rosthwaite, OS Grid NY257148
  • Unsuitable for: buggies, wheelchairs
  • Public transport: 78 Keswick to Seatoller (The Borrowdale Rambler) or 77/77A (The Honister Rambler)

1. Start: Rosthwaite OS Grid NY257148
Start in the village centre, by the car park. Go west out of the village, cross the bridge then head north alongside the river.

2 Castle Crag OS Grid NY251161 1.39km (0.86 miles) from 1
This perfectly formed little peak gives you a view up and down the valley. Take in the grand views of the stunning scenery.

3 Borrowdale OS Grid NY252174 1.34km (0.83 miles) from 2
From cosy hamlet to cosy hamlet: the volcanic rock of the nearby quarry has been used for roofing slates for the cottages. Pastoral bliss in its nicest form.

4. Lodore Falls OS Grid NY264183 1.50km (0.93 miles) from 3
The falls are fed from Watendlath Tarn above. Why not pop into the Lodore Falls Hotel and enjoy a cup of tea and a cake? They welcome walkers.

5. Watendlath OS Grid NY275163 2.26km (1.4 miles) from 4
Watendlath is actually owned by the National Trust, and as gentle a hamlet as any you've seen. If you're up for it, head over to High Tove; a steep ascent, but well worth it. Another refreshment option at the NT tearoom!

6. Back to Rosthwaite OS Grid NY259150 2.03km (1.26 miles) from 5
Head to the local pub and order a well deserved drink. You've been on one of the finest short walks in the Lake District.

28 March 2017 by George Fisher

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