Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite and Langstrath Beck

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This walk starts in Rosthwaite at the southern end of Borrowdale, a popular village for walkers. As Wainright said, 'A fellwalker based in Rosthwaite is like a king with many thrones'.

Much of the popularity is the footpath which leads over the fells to the isolated hamlet of Watenlath (Walk ID 99) and the footpath to Seatoller and Castle Crag (Walk ID 2536). Also The Cumbrian Way, The Coast to Coast Walk and The Allerdale Ramble all pass this way.

This walk partly follows the Cumbrian Way deep into the fells and although this is a fairly low level walk it presents a feeling of isolation and ruggedness.

Initially following Stonethwaite Beck which becomes Langstrath Beck along the foot of Sergeants Crag (you may even see climbers ascending the rock face), the walk returns down the opposite banks of the becks giving you the opposite views of the valley.

The walk may be shortened to 4.5 miles if required. If the full seven miles is undertaken, walking-boots are recommended as the path becomes more rugged on this section.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


Cafe, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
9/4/2023 - Vicky England

This is a fabulous walk, and easy (if you are comfortable walking on stones) if you miss the leg to Watendlath. However, sitting on the grass to eat lunch beside the tarn at Watendlath is an experience not to be missed. If you don't feel able to walk it, which we didn't on this occasion, you can drive to it, although please note this is not a journey for a nervous driver as it is extremely narrow in places. Also there is a cafe where you can reward yourself for walking or driving up with one of their delicious cakes.

8/7/2012 - david Bentley

This is a great walk for you and your best friend on a hot day. No navigation required plenty of picnic/swimming spots especially good for a spot of wild swimming.

3/23/2009 - lesley cefai

21/3/09 A lovely walk for a spring day. Good views & open sky. george & lesley cefai

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