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Rosthwaite to Keswick via Watendlath

A rugged but stunning walk taking in the best of the Borrowdale views.

Time: 4 hours
Grading: Difficult
Start: Keswick
End: Lodore

This walk involves a climb, so sturdy footwear is advised. Rosthwaite is a hamlet in Borrowdale Valley and is accessible from Keswick by the Borrowdale Bus. When you arrive at Rosthwaite you can stock up at the Village Store and Post Office with those things you forgot before following the path by Hazel Bank rising to the east of the village.

After a while there is a gate in the stone wall on the left but keep going on upwards until the top of the rise where the path levels out.

The hamlet of Watendlath soon comes in to view below. Hugh Walpole set his novel Judith Paris here. This is an excellent place to stop for a cup of tea and jam scones with cream!

Suitably refreshed, you can continue by going back over the packhorse bridge but instead of following the road, take the path the other side of the stream. This gently descends through this hanging valley. When you come to a wooden footbridge descend down past the waterfalls to Lodore and catch the launch back to Keswick