This favourite walk will take you to a Borrowdale gem - the hamlet of Watendlath. The route follows the track up to Watendlath, before heading to Dock Tarn and descending to the dale of Stonethwaite. Along the way, you will discover oak woodland, two tarns (mountain ponds) and stunning Lakeland views.
Have a look at our downloadable route map
From the starting point, walk back to the main road, turn left and immediate right. Follow the path
over the bridge and head up the path signed to Watendlath. 'This walk contains all the elements of
a perfect Lakeland day - open fell, spectacular views all the way, a fabulous hamlet, an ancient oak
wood and a riverside walk to finish.' - Malcolm Wade, Fix the Fells volunteer.
Follow the path up the hill, past a group of trees known locally as the Six Sisters (five Scots pine
and a yew). Keep on the bridleway all the way until the white painted farm at Watendlath beckons you
to a well earned rest and some home-cooked fare.
After visiting the hamlet, retrace your route for a short distance, then fork left around the tarn,
following the signs for Dock Tarn. Over a couple of small fords and kissing gates, follow the path and
the well-signed route to Dock Tarn.
Wander along the right-hand side of Dock Tarn and follow the path to a favourite local viewpoint.
A fantastic vista of Greenup Edge to your left, Glaramara summit ahead, the gorgeous Langstrath
Valley, and a view to Honister, Haystacks and Pillar.
From the summit follow the winding pitched path (maintained by Fix the Fells volunteers and
donations, see www.fixthefells.co.uk for further details) downwards. The path leads you past an old
building and into the old oak wood that is Lingy End.
As the slope eases at Willygrass Gill, cross the wall through a wooden stile to reach a stone stile.
Cross another wall and leave the wood behind for a grassy slope to the track. Follow the track past
the Stonethwaite bridge (unless your destination is the Langstrath Inn for a pint) and follow the
Stonethwaite Beck back to Rosthwaite Bridge and the lane returning to the road.
Start/Finish: Rosthwaite National Trust car park, grid ref: NY 257 148
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Terrain: Moderately difficult with steepish ascent and descent (1,500ft, 446m). Dogs welcome under close control, but please do not allow your dog to foul on paths and around picnic areas.
Time to complete the walk: 3-4 hours