Ashness bridge beauty spot

Season:Any
Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Best Views

Ashness Bridge is perhaps the most photographed packhorse bridge in the Lake District due to its location and stunning views. This extremely popular viewpoint looks out over Derwentwater with spectacular views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the River Derwent.

The path that runs from Ashness Bridge back toward Keswick passes under Falcon Crag. This is probably one of the best places in the area if you want to spot migrant birds in early spring and summer. Other birds often seen here include Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk along with a host of other common woodland birds, so don’t forget your binoculars!

Further Information

Top tips: Remember to bring your camera. Ashness is also a great place for a pick-nick.

There are no visitor facilities at Ashness Bridge or Surprise View. In Watendlath (5km south of Surprise View): you will find tea rooms and public toilets. In Keswick: you will find a range of places to eat; shops; Tourist Information Centre; public toilets and petrol stations.

Find out more about Ashness Bridge on the Borrowdale website

By Rebekah Ingham

How to get here

Ashness Bridge Car park

Street
Watendlath
CA12 5

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 268 196

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