Sat 10th December – Option A (Moderate) – Borrowdale CANCELLED

Description: This is a circular,
lower-level walk that visits the southern tip of Derwent Water and the Lodore
Falls waterfall, walks through scenic woods along Watendlath Beck and ascends the
mighty Bowder Stone – a 2,000 tonne “pebble” with a staircase to its summit!
Route: From the start
point, we follow the road northwards to Grange before heading west until reaching
the Cumbria Way. At this point we follow the long distance path until arriving
at Derwent Water and then heading towards Lodore Falls.
Following paths up through the woodland, we visit the famous waterfall,
and wind our way to Watendlath Beck and the footpath that takes us to
Watendlath village itself.
As we begin to ascend again, we ramble alongside Bowdergate Gill until we
reach the top of Puddingstone Bank. From here we descend to Frith Wood and have
a pleasant wander along woodland paths and a brief section by the road before
heading towards the Bowder Stone.
After the obligatory “bagging” of the Bowder Stone, it’s just a short
walk back to the start point.
Grade: Moderate (easy end of)
High Point: At the top of
Puddingstone Bank (340 m)
Height gain: Approx.
400 m (1,300 ft)
Distance: Approx. 6.6 miles
(10.6 km)
Meet Time: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Time: Approx. 5.5 hours
Start / Finish: At the Bowder
Stone car park.
Car Parking: At the National
Trust’s Bowder Stone car park on the B5289. This is pay & display, but free
to National Trust members (post code CA12 5XA, grid reference NY 253 168).
Buses: The Stagecoach 78
bus service from Keswick goes along the B5289. (Public transport is available
to Keswick: from Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle
the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.)
Leader: Wayne
Please let Wayne
know in advance by 6.00 pm on Friday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753
121168).
Note: As there is some
road walking involved (minor roads and alongside the B5289), please wear a
light coloured top, or wrap a “day-glow” cover over your rucksack, to assist
with visibility. Please also bring a torch with you in case we are delayed for
any reason.

If the
conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

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