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"Watendlath" Top 5 Page for this destination Keswick Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Keswick Things to Do: 68 reviews and 169 photos

  Looking down on Watendlath
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  • Looking down on Watendlath - Keswick
      Looking down on Watendlath
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  • The slope I scrambled up to get the previous photo - Keswick
      The slope I scrambled up to get the previous photo
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  • Love those stone fences - Keswick
      Love those stone fences
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  • The tarn and beyond - Keswick
      The tarn and beyond
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"The hamlet is reached by a very narrow road with passing places, from the Keswick to Borrowdale road. It can be quite an ordeal during busy periods. " Thus spaketh the local tourism pages. They don't exaggerate. Be prepared to stop and back up on occasions. I'm certainly glad I wasn't there in busy times, it must be a nightmare.
The little hamlet of Watendlath, owned by the National Trust, sits high between the Borrowdale and Thirlmere valleys. It is 847 feet above sea level, with an attractive tarn surrounded by fells in a classic 'hanging valley'. Watendlath beck is the source for Lodore Falls - a tourist attraction from Victorian times and it's at the end of the road that crosses the Ashness Bridge and passes Surprise View. It's one of England's most scenic roads and you can choose to walk parts or all of it or drive up and pick a route from the many on offer.
Watendlath itself also has an attractive packhorse bridge and a National Trust tea-room where you can refresh yourself after your endeavours.
It costs to park there so, you have been warned.

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2005
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