Watendlath Bothy, Watendlath, Borrowdale, Cumbria, CA12 5UW
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, etc. 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 etc. 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
or call Watendlath Bothy at National Trust Holidays on
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.
Stagecoach bus 78 from/to Keswick stops at Ashness, Calfclose Bay, on the B5289. It is about 3.3 miles walk to the bothy.