Dock Tarn, Watendlath

  • Two excellent tarns to visit
  • Typical Lakeland scenery
  • Explore pretty hamlet at Watendlath

The lands between Watendlath and the Borrowdale/Langstrath valleys offer some really good walking, showcased by two lovely areas of water. Whilst Watendlath tarn is large (for a tarn) with easy access to anyone prepared to take the single track drive to the small hamlet bearing its name, Dock Tarn is shy and retiring and rather lovely. Recently I have picnicked many a time as it is part of our navigation training route and our lunchtime stop. The training takes place off path in some fairly lively terrain.

I often forget the tarn is there and come across it by accident whilst heading for the nearby fells of Great Crag and/or High Crag. It is always a pleasant surprise, whether lounging by its shores picnicking for the afternoon with the family or fighting my way past in the teeth of a gale. The pull up from Stonethwaite to Dock Tarn is steep but soon over and thereafter the walking is typically Lakes and highly enjoyable.

Recommend: After Dock Tarn it is worth a small detour over the craggy top of Great Crag which has excellent views.

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Dock Tarn & Watendlath map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY 262137. Stonethwaite is the best start point and has parking. Cross the river and turn right, the steep path towards Dock Tarn is clearly marked.
Height to Climb: 401 ms (1,315 feet)
Terrain: This side of Watendlath is fine and the walk is on good paths, try the other side for some challenging terrain!
Eating & Drinking: The Langstrath Inn at Stonethwaite is an excellent Lakeland Inn whilst the tea room at Watendlath offers a tempting half way break.
Similar Walks Nearby: Exploring Upper Borrowdale
Styhead & Sprinkling Tarn
Derwentwater via Walla Crag
Places to Stay: Royal Oak, Borrowdale