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Ashness Bridge and Surprise View

Picturesque uphill route past the popular Ashness Bridge and up to the stunning Surprise View.

Time: 2 hours
Grading: Medium
Start: Ashness Gate
End: Ashness Gate

Catch the launch to the start of the walk at Ashness Gate, and head up the narrow road that leads up the hill. This road passes both Ashness Bridge and Surpirse View before ending at the remote hamlet of Watendlath and Watendlath Tarn.

Ashness Bridge is an excellent example of a packhorse bridge, and has one of the Lake District’s most famous views looking north to Derwentwater, Whinlatter and Skiddaw.

Continuing on up the road to Surprise View will reward you with an even better vista – From here you can see the whole of Derwentwater, Borrowdale to the South, and on a clear day Bassenthwaite Lake to the North. It’s the perfect spot to have a rest before retracing your steps to Ashness Gate and returning via launch to Keswick.