Thorneythwaite picnic and waterfall walk

Walking trail

This short walk introduces you to the three parts of a hill farm – the in-bye land, the in-take land and the open fell. It also introduces you to Thorneythwaite where we’re experimenting with a new form of land-management, share-farming with local shepherd Joe.

You’ll see the hay meadows and the wood pasture as they undergo gradual restoration work, then go through the ‘fell wall’ – the boundary between the intake land and the open fell, to discover a hidden valley and a perfect picnic spot beside a picturesque cascade overlooked by the towering Coombe Crag.

Thorneythwaite valley with Thorneythwaite feel on the left, Borrowdale


Picnic and waterfall walk map Thorneythwaite, Borrowdale


Seatoller National Trust car park, CA12 5XN


From Seatoller car park, turn left and walk along the road to the junction that turns off to Seathwaite. Take the Seathwaite road, and then take the first gate on the left hand side, signposted as a public footpath (this field has yurts in April-October). Cross the footbridge, turn right and walk round two edges of the field, then turn right into the next field and follow the wall to the wall gap on the left. Go through this gate and the next to join the tarmac driveway/lane. Turn left.

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Herdwick and her lamb


Walk along the tarmac lane away from the farmhouse, follow it left round the corner and continue between the walls for 500m until a public footpath to Glaramara is signposted to the right. Go through the gate and walk up the rough track as it winds round and starts to climb the hill. Keep following this track uphill through the next two gates.

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Crab apple blossom at Thorneythwaite, Borrowdale


Go through the gate in the fell wall, onto the open fell. Follow the path as it climbs until you reach a large waterfall cascade on the left hand side. Find a flat rock to have a picnic and enjoy the sound of the rushing water – just watch out for the steep drops! When you’ve finished, retrace your steps to the car park.

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Two herdwick shep on the fells in Borrowdale, Lake District


Seatoller National Trust car park, CA12 5XN

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Thorneythwaite picnic and waterfall walk

Contact us

North Lakes Office, Borrowdale - tel 017687 74649


Thorneythwaite picnic and waterfall walk

How to get here

Seatoller National Trust car park, Seatoller, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XN
By road

From Keswick, follow the Borrowdale Road (B5289) for 5 miles to the hamlet of Seatoller. The National Trust car park is on the left as you enter the hamlet.

By bus

From Keswick bus station take either the 78 Borrowdale Rambler to Seatoller (runs all year round), or take the 77A Honister Rambler to Seatoller (runs April-October)

Thorneythwaite picnic and waterfall walk

Facilities and access

  • car park
  • toilets