Brund Fell from Watendlath

Brund Fell from WatendlathThis short walk from the isolated hamlet of Watendlath brings us up onto the summit of Brund Fell, a relatively low fell, but one that offers great views down into Borrowdale, and east towards the Helvellyn ridge..

Ascent: 500ft
Length: 1.6 miles
Map: The English Lakes - North Western Area (OS Explorer Map Active)
Last Walked: November 2009

We start at the National Trust car park in the hamlet of Watendlath

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Watendlath HamletHead out of the car park on the road, then after the last building on the left turn onto the track that runs towards a footbridge that crosses Watendlath Beck. Cross this bridge.
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Jopplety HowAfter crossing the footbridge turn left, and follow the path as it runs alongside Watendlath Tarn. This path passes through a stone wall, and then splits, with one branch running alongside the tarn and the other heading off up and to the right. Follow this path for a very short distance, and then branch off to the right and climb up the hillside.

At first there is little or no path to follow, but after a short distance the next wall comes into site, complete with a swing gate. Head for this gate. On the far side of the wall our path is rather more visible, heading almost due west and climbing up towards the summit of Brund Fell, with another Derwent Water from Brund Fellstone wall just to the right.

Follow this path as it winds its way all the way to the summit. The final part of the path is particularly fine, climbing up the last rocky outcrop of the fell.

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Watendlath TarnThe best views down into Borrowdale actually come from a little further west, below the summit - just be careful not to go too far down, as every step will need to be re-traced. The best way to return to Watendlath is to retrace our steps back down to the east (it is possible to head south-east towards the path we left just outside Watendlath, but this takes us across some thick heather)