Friday, February 22, 2013

UK 2013 part 10 - Lake District proposed route

From Windermere, to Buttermere, to Keswick by Derwent Water. Then two walks by our B&B.

The Duckboards Walk

River Side Walk - 90 minutes

On entering the Borrowdale road turn right towards Keswick. On the right there is a large rock outcrop called Shepherd's Crag, a popular place for climbers. 200 yards on the left, after the Crag, is a gate. Pass through this gate and head for the bridge over the river which flows into Derwentwater. Follow the duck boards along the lake shore passing through a small gate towards the end of the boards, 200 yards after the end of the boards the path branches left onto a grassy rake leaving the gravel path. Take this path which leads away from the lake shore, along a track and eventually through a gate into the road. Turn left and follow the road round to Grange. See if you can spot the old 'phone box (not working). Cross the famous twin bridges and turn left into the Borrowdale road which will lead you back to Greenbank.

The Watendlath Walk

Lodore Falls, Watendlath, Rosthwaite Walk - 3 hours

On leaving Greenbank turn right onto the Borrowdale Road. Walk through the car park of High Lodore Farm. Take the gate at the back of the farm. Follow the fell path up through a broken gap in the wall. Continue on until the path turns sharply to the right. Follow this until you reach a wooden bridge. Do not cross the bridge. At this point if you look down at the floor there is a direction indicator cemented into the path. Follow the direction for Watendlath that takes you alongside the river to Watlendath Tarn. On passing through the gate next to the small bridge, it may be a good idea to visit the tearooms by the Tarn and also ponder on the fact that this was once the home of Judith Paris (Hugh Walpole). After refreshment retrace your steps back over the bridge and follow the path that leads upwards avoiding the path that goes left along the tarn side. If this path is followed as far as the third large gate which is on your right-hand side, pass through this until you reach a bridge over a stream. Turn right and you are at Rosthwaite a good place for an icecream. Turn right and follow the Borrowdale Road back to Greenbank passing by Grange with its twin bridges (and excellent Tea Shop with Riverside Tea Garden).

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