Lake District
circular walk
Lodo
re Falls to Watendlath

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This walk from Lodore Falls to Watendlath tarn contains so many wonderful views it could take much longer than the walk's distance suggests.

Two miles from Keswick on the B2589 find the car park near the Lodore hotel, walk to the entrance and pay the small entry fee then follow the path to the falls.

The falls inspired Southey’s famous poem: The Cataract of Lodore.

Slowly follow the path and the falls upwards, the views of the many cascades, the longest over 90 feet, are indeed inspiring.

Keep the beck on the right as you continue upwards until you leave the woods, turn right before the footbridge, cross Watendlath Beck and follow the beck upstream.

At the weir cross the footbridge into Watendlath village, or follow the path to Watendlath tarn, retuning to the village later.

The name Watendlath means ‘track to the end of the lake.

Now owned by the national trust, Watendlath was a major cross roads for the pack horse travellers of years gone by with tracks to Keswick, Borrowadale, Grasmere and Withburn, now lost beneath the waters of Thirlemere.

Return by the beck side path. To the right High Seat rises 2000 feet, and to the left Grange Fell and Brown Dodd.

At the footbridge take the right hand path to enter Ashness Wood and where the crags come close to the road follow the road.

Views over Derwent to Cat Bells and beyond to Causey Pike are breathtaking, especially from Surprise View which earns its reputation.

Bassenthwaite can be seen beyond Keswick, and Shepherd’s Crag leads into Borrowdale.

Continue down to Ashness Bridge, it’s said to be the most photographed scene in the Britain,

Follow the road down to Derwent shore and turn left to return to the car park using the off road paths where possible.

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