Watendlath National Trust car park Borrowdale
There's plenty of space to park at Watendlath (approximately 45 spaces) if you're brave enough to tackle the very narrow but extremely scenic approach road.
How to get here
Postcode: CA12 5UW (please note that in rural locations post codes often cover a wide area - so don't believe the SatNav, look for the signs!)
Grid ref: Grid ref: NY275163
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The quiet Watendlath hamlet nestles high above Borrowdale (263m) and is reached by a winding road with many passing places. However, the stunning views of the picturesque hanging valley as you carefully drive along, following Watendlath Beck to Watendlath Farm, makes it all worthwhile, where you will find tarn, tea and toilets. Please note its best to call ahead to check the opening hours of Caffle House tearoom (not National Trust) and the toilets are now closed for winter.
Once at the car park you will be rewarded as the valley opens up before you with its rocky outcrops, woodlands, and medieval farmed landscape. Just behind the farm you will find an attractive tarn with views of the fell.
Fancy a walk?
Explore the packhorse trails that climb up the valley slopes, or use Watendlath as the starting point on this moderate downloadable trail (instead of Rosthwaite):
Stay the night?
Park up and boost conservation work in Borrowdale
Whether you are a member who scans your card (we get £1 from central funds every time you do) or a non-member who pays for a ticket, every penny you generate in this car park goes to help us take care of this special place, so thank you.