On the final day of our Lake District Borrowdale walking trip, most of the group opted for a 5 & 1/2 mile linear walk which involved taking an open top bus from the Seatoller terminus to the shores of Derwent water.
On this occasion we had a different walk leader and she had difficulty trying to point us in the right direction away from the Lake shore bus stop as the view here was so good. There was enough time given though to take in the scenery and have a few last thoughts about yesterday's windy experience as I looked towards the hill of Catbells.
I had walked most of the route before and was keen to try new ground in the middle section between Watendlath and 2/3 the way down the hill to Rosthwaite (for the benefit of the walkers amongst you ...where the Grange Fell path leaves to the north).
(The previous time I had walked the first section to Watendlath was also with a different large group many years ago, however on that occasion the weather wasn't pleasant or suitable for photographs !! Interestingly enough, I had covered the last section from near Rosthwaite with the same group a few years before on a day when the walk leader misread the distance with his fingers !! On this occasion we started from Seatoller and covered all of the hills going north to the left and dropping down into the valley before Catbells for the return route. A fellow walker bought a map measuring pen the following day and we both concluded that it was a distance of ... 14 miles !! Consequently, another section of this walk that had previously been unpleasant as we were longing for Seatoller car park to come into view !!)
Today's weather was ideal and I was up for finishing this Lake District Bank holiday weekend with a pleasant gentle experience after yesterday's wind.
We set off from the bus stop and passed Derwentwater Youth Hostel before climbing up through a tree covered slope onto the Ashness to Watendlath road
|Ashness Bridge.... Derwentwater & Skiddaw|
(One of the Keswick Launches can be seen left of centre on the lake.)
We continued up the Watendlath road a little further until the contours levelled before branching off on the pleasant footpath route to the village. It was at this point that the walk leader thought it was a good idea for a short break and what a break it was .....
|"Are you going to throw that stick or not ?"|
One of the group came with a Camper van and brought her dog Jessie. Fantastic dog and entertainment.
All too soon, we spotted a roof and that was a sign that we were approaching ..... lunch ... at Watendlath.
It was time for a last look back at where we had just walked from ( path on the left hand side at the base of the hill) .....
|A few friends joined us for lunch|
After lunch, it was time for a quick tour of the very few buildings of Watendlath (the most famous thing being a plaque that denotes the home of Judith Paris chosen by the writer Hugh Walpole in 1931)....
...and to get some refreshment in the only place where you can spend money for miles.... The Caffle house tea room.
It was time to descend the hill into Borrowdale once more. it may be of interest that the distant valley and the curving rounded ridge in the left of the image was the ascent & descent route respectively on the Allen Crags & Glaramara post two days earlier.
The Borrowdale valley floor signalled the arrival of Rosthwaite or rather afternoon tea !! ...
|Carrot cake on sheep plates !!|
As the walk and the weekend was coming to an end, it was appropriate that we should see the rear of our accommodation from the path. (There was of course still a fair distance to cover on the approved path in a large anti clockwise loop to the right and in front of the distant trees before walking up the drive.)
Seatoller, our destination and home for the weekend .... which I didn't get a chance to photograph until it was nearly time to leave !
|Seatoller street !!|
After the drive down to the Borrowdale valley from Keswick, the most famous thing about Seatoller is the road sign that separates the mountaineers from the tourists on route to Seathwaite !! However, your transport may prefer that route unless you can catch the minibus to go over the torturous Honister Pass !! ....
|"Borrowdale Bus Station" ... the other Seatoller sight !!|
I'll finish the weekend with a video that I've just found on Youtube ... Enjoy.