Watendlath Bothy, Watendlath, Borrowdale, Cumbria, CA12 5UW

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Watendlath Bothy sits next to the tarn in the picturesque and quiet hamlet that shares its name. High in a beautiful valley, it offers superb access to the surrounding fells. The Bothy is really a stone tent, visitors are advised to bring their own equipment as for camping, such as cutlery, plates, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and matches. If you are looking to escape to one of the most remote-feeling places in the Lake District, Watendlath Bothy is the place for you. The open plan kitchen/living/sleeping area has a wood-burning stove (initial wood supply provided) and bunks. There are separate toilets and a shower with hot water. The kitchen is equipped with a basic fridge and normal sized four ring electric cooker- bring your own pans, plates and cutlery. There are two bunks sleeping 6 (double on bottom, single on top) Bring your own matresses/bedding. There is parking for two cars a short distance away. Photos: ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris, ©National Trust Images/John Millar & ©National Trust Images/John Malley.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    6: BYO mats and sleeping bags
  • Open:

    Closed until Wed 30th Sept 2020. Normally open Mid March- Mid October
  • Price per night:

    Low season: £60/night High season: £70/night. Minimum 3 nights.
  • Booking:

    Book via National Trust Holidays. Min booking 3 nights.
  • Directions:

    Head for Keswick and take the B5289 signposted for Borrowdale. After approx. 2 miles turn left, signposted Ashness Bridge and Watendlath. Follow the road for three miles over Ashness Bridge and up the valley to Watendlath itself. When you reach Watendlath bear to the right. The Bothy is the single-storey building with the double doors next to the Barn. It is possible to drive up and park outside the bothy, however, please be aware that parking is strictly limited to one car. Further car parking is available in the National Trust car park 30-metres away.
  • Public Transport:

    Stagecoach bus 78 from/to Keswick stops at Ashness, Calfclose Bay, on the B5289. It is about 3.3 miles walk to the bothy.

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Near mountains Camping Barns and Bothies Duke of Edinburgh's Award Mountains in the UK National Trust Available to Individuals


aMixed dormitories
fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
kSelf catering facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
\A National Trust Property
5Very basic accommodation


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News & Offers from Watendlath Bothy

Unfortunately due to COVID Watendlath Bothy is closed for the Winter

December 5th 2020

It will re-open in March 2021.


A sustainable National Trust bothy.

June 11th 2019

Escape everyday life and submerge yourself in nature.

Watendlath Bothy is ideal for families with children, as there is plenty of room to go wild and have an amazing time, unrestrained among nature.

Watendlath Bothy

Watendlath Bothy

February 18th 2018

…The National Trust have landed another amazing location…

The best advertisement anyone can make for Watendlath Bothy is a map. Dig out your Ordnance Survey map (I think its OL5) or follow this link and you’ll see what I mean. Sat right on the edge of a tarn, Watendlath is a hamlet high up in the Lake District Mountains. Surrounded by peaks yet raised up away from the mass of crowds in honeypots like Ambleside, this could be the perfect base to explore the area.

The National Trust have landed another amazing location here and the interior is of a similarly high standard. Remember its a so-called ‘stone tent’ but with a well equipped kitchen, a woodburning stove for heat and wooden bunks (bring your own mattress and bedding), its not exactly bare essentials either. 

While you’ve got your map out, trace out some of the walks you’d like to do while you’re up here. Craggy outcrops, forests clinging to the valleys, tumbling streams, heather on the tops: If you’re like me you can extrapolate it all form the arcane symbols on the OS sheet. It makes me want to pack up and go right now!

Watendlath Bothy National Trust Camping barn in Borrowdale Cumbria

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