Watendlath Bothy

Borrowdale, Cumbria
The sitting area at Watendlath Bothy, Borrowdale, The Lake District
The kitchen area at Watendlath Bothy, Borrowdale, The Lake District
The interior of Watendlath Bothy, Borrowdale, The Lake District
Walker resting outside Watendlath Bothy, Cumbria
Boats and ducks on Watendlath Tarn, Lake District

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Flexible
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 1

About Watendlath Bothy

A rustic bothy for those who want to spend more time exploring the fells, tarns and peaks of the Lake District.

Watendlath Bothy sits next to the tarn in the peaceful hamlet it shares its name with. You’ll be high in the valley with unparalleled views of the surrounding fells.

Inside offers basic accommodation, with a few added comforts including the log-burner and a fully-equipped kitchen. There’s enough room to sleep six, you’ll just need to bring your own sleeping bags and ‘camping’ equipment. 

Find lots of walking trails around the lake as well as a tea-room in Watendlath. Not too far north is the Lodore Falls and larger lake, Derwent Water. 

Enquire and book

Call 01539 432 733

Opening times

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 17:00pm

Email campsite.bookings@nationaltrust.org.uk

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave not available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner not available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


  • Ground floor

    Open plan kitchen/living/sleeping area with woodburning stove, bunks, table with a bench and two camping chairs, a basic fridge and a normal size four ring electric cooker. There is a shower room and separate toilets with hot water.  


Notes for guests

Heating: Wood burning stove an initial wood supply is provided however customers are advised to bring additional supplies.

Linen: No linen is provided. 

Parking: There is parking for two cars a short distance from the bothy. 

Please note: You'll need to bring your own sleeping bags, mats and cooking equipment. 

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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