Wa­tend­lath & the Arm­both Fells

Trail (UK) - - Lake District -

NY264227 From the 1 land­ing stages near Crow Park, take one of the Der­went Wa­ter launches round to the pier at Bar­row Bay. The launches op­er­ate clock­wise and anti-clock­wise ser­vices. Clock­wise is the quick­est way, al­though if you have time and fancy a tour of the lake first you could take the an­ti­clock­wise ser­vice.

NY268203 From 2 Bar­row Bay pier cross the B5289 and join the nar­row road on the other side. This climbs steeply to start with and is fol­lowed all the way to Wa­tend­lath. There are al­ter­na­tive paths that par­al­lel the road that you can take from Ash­ness Wood, but they will add time and the road, al­though quite nar­row in parts, is just as pleas­ant with pretty much the same views.

NY275163 There is a 3 tea room at Wa­tend­lath and it's worth stop­ping by for a quick cuppa. There are also some loos in the car park. A bri­dle­way zig-zags east be­hind Wa­tend­lath – an old pack­horse route that crosses the fells via Blea Tarn to Wyth­burn. Fol­low its well-graded course steeply east at first then at a gen­tler an­gle south-south-east to its sum­mit at a shoul­der over­look­ing Blea Tarn.

NY288147 Turn off 4 the bri­dle­way and head east up to cross a fence line. Con­tinue east un­til you hit a path. Turn left onto the path and fol­low its un­du­lat­ing course north to High Tove. The path con­tin­ues north along the main crest of the Arm­both Fells. Fol­low it to the sum­mit of High Seat.

NY287180 High Seat 5 is marked by a trig point; it is the high­est sum­mit of the day and is def­i­nitely worth spend­ing time on. You get some un­usu­ally an­gled views of Helvel­lyn plus a wide-open panorama of Der­went Wa­ter. The ground be­comes slightly rougher af­ter High Seat but there is a clear path, which should be fol­lowed north to Bleaberry Fell. NY285195 From the 6 sum­mit of Bleaberry Fell a long de­scent leads north-west down a rounded ridge to a path in­ter­sec­tion at the head of Cat Gill. Turn right onto the path and fol­low it as it tra­verses north to the head of Lady’s Rake. From here head north, through a wall gap and gain the sum­mit of Walla Crag. This small sum­mit is perched above tow­er­ing crags and of­fers a su­perb view out over Great Wood. From Walla Crag fol­low the path north-east along the cliff edge and then on to­wards a ford and road head at Rake­foot.

NY283221 Head 7 down the road for 200m to a path on the right. Join it and fol­low it east then north around field edges to the A591. Cross the A591 and join Cas­tle Lane on the other side. Cas­tle Lane leads to a T-junc­tion and just be­fore the junc­tion is an open­ing on the right, which leads into an en­clo­sure hold­ing the Me­galithic stone cir­cle at Cast­lerigg.

NY290237 At the 8 T-junc­tion, turn left and fol­low Eleven­trees Lane down­hill to a junc­tion with the A591, turn left and fol­low it back into Keswick.

Walk­ers on Bleaberry Fell.

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