Watendlath Bothy

Walker resting outside Watendlath Bothy, Cumbria
Watendlath Bothy, Cumbria National Trust Images / Paul Harris

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 should be treated very much as a ‘stone tent’ so all your camping gear such as cutlery, plates, sleeping bags, and matches will be needed.

The bothy has very basic facilities and does not include many of the essentials you will need.


  • Single shower with lockable door
  • Two WCs in separate lockable cubicles with own wash hand basin
  • Cooking facilities – a four-burner hob with grill powered by electricity
  • Fridge
  • Bunks – folding top bunks/ fixed lower bunks sleeping up to six
  • Extra bunks in the barn sleeping up to nine (4 X 2 with single bunk, doubling as a bench)
  • Drinking water
  • Hot water: from an electric immersion heater and storage tank
  • Wood burning stove (initial supply of wood provided)
  • Communal sleeping area/kitchen/lounge

Please note: mattresses and cushions are not supplied – please bring your own.

Things to see and do

Watendlath lies in the valley of Borrowdale, just south of Derwent Water. There are plenty of activities to do on the lake, as well as walks in the surrounding fells, and nearby attractions.

Getting to Watendlath Bothy

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.

Booking your stay

To book, please use the online booking system or send an email. Full payment is required at time of booking. Read our terms and conditions.

Contact us

For further enquiries, please call the campsite booking line on 015394 32733 or email us.

Campers at Low Wray
Campers at Low Wray National Trust / Paul Harris

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