Rosthwaite to Keswick – 6 July 2019

This is number two out of three trips to the Lake District this year. This time we are headed into the Borrowdale valley as far as Rosthwaite, We used to go further along the valley to Seatoller but the coaches seem to be getting bigger and there is a bit of a tight squeeze on the road at Rosthwaite village so the coach will turn around there and head back to Keswick. Even turning around on that small road might be a bit of an adventure for the driver.

There are only three walks this time around and if you check the map you will see that that neatly divide across the Borrowdale valley. The 6-mile route is getting off at the junction to the village of Grange and picks up the Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble and follows it mostly along the banks of Derwent Water heading north towards Portinscale. From Portinscale its a short walk over the Stormwater Bridge into Keswick.

The longest of the three routes (9 miles) heads out of Rosthwaite on the west side of the valley and climbs alongside Tongue Gill towards High Spy at 505 meters. From there the views open out as the route heads north along the ridge towards Maiden Moor and Catbells. A nice easy descent from Catbells leads down to Hawse End Outdoor Centre and from there the route follows the 6-mile route towards Portinscale and Keswick.

The 8.5-mile route also starts in Rosthwaite but is on the east side of the valley and climbs a fairly easy path over Puddingstone Bank at 340 meters and then down to the farm at Watendlath. From there a path along Watendlath Beck leads to the viewpoint at Lodore Wood and the on to Ashness Bridge. Another path goes through Great Wood to Castlerigg and another viewpoint in Castlehead Wood. The descent is down to the landing stages on Derwent Water, past the Theatre and into Keswick.

There are three really good routes to chose from and all of them with some great views northwards towards Keswick with the Blencathra and Skiddaw mountains forming a backdrop. If you would like to join us for this scenic trip to the Lake District you can get in touch with us via our contact page and you can find the walk descriptions here and the GPS routes here.

These routes were last walked in May 2015 and the mage from this post was taken with one of the groups on the east side of the valley.

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Walk No. 14 Rosthwaite to Keswick 6 July 2019
Area: Lake District Map: OL 4, 5

6 miles Easy
Start: B5289 Road Grid Ref: NY254174
Grange – Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble – Manesty Park – Brandelhow Park – Hawse End – Derwent Bay – <a id=”post-4179-__DdeLink__81_1470880707″></a>Lingholm – Nichol End – Portinscale – Stormwater Bridge – Keswick

8.5 miles Moderate
Start: Rosthwaite
Hazel Bank – Puddingstone Bank – Watendlath – Watendlath Beck – Lodore Wood – Ashness Bridge – Great Wood – Castlerigg – Cockshot Wood – Crow Park – Keswick

9 miles Moderate / Hard
Start: Rosthwaite
Rigghead Quarries – High Spy – Maiden Moor – Cat Bells – Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble – Lingholm – Portinscale – Stormwater Bridge – Keswick