Monday, 20th September 2021

Walk: Bowderstane, Frith Wood, Birkett's Leap, Watendlath, Watendlath Beck, Lodore Falls, Manesty footpath, Cumbria Way, Grange, The Flock Inn cafe
Start Point: Bowder Stone NT car park Grid Reference: NY 253 168
Distance: 8.2 miles Ascent: 1.260 feet
Time: 4.5 hours
Weather: Dry with some sunny spells
Comments: A very pleasant walk in good weather. Mainly good tracks but the descent beside the Lodore Falls was narrow and very steep with a particularly tricky section. A treat at then of the walk was a visit to The Flock Inn two miles away in Rosthawite.

The Bowder Stone, estimated at 2,000 tons, around 9m high, and 15m in diameter.

It is a large andesite lava boulder, that fell 200 metres from the Bowder Crag on Kings How between 13,500 and 10,000 years ago.

It was not carried into the area by ice but is a local rock that toppled into its present position

This happened after the glacier that once almost filled Borrowdale retreated and no longer buttressed the steep side of the valley.

Name that fungus!

Heading through Frith Wood

Watendlath Tarn always requires . . . .

more than one photo

as does . . .

Watendlath Bridge

We took the footpath beside Watendlath Beck . . .

with picturesque views across the valley

The footpath starts to descend near the beck - but the difficult section is still to come!

A boardwalk leads across the marshy southern end of Dewentwater where Skiddaw almost looks like a 'paint by numbers' picture!

Our lunch spot beside the River Derwent

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