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Standing Crag & Dock Tarn from Watendlath Walk
Author - Mike Bexley
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Ascent - 1600 feet / 485 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference NY276163
Lat 54.536771 + Long -3.120455
Postcode CA12 5UW (approx. location only)
This Lake District walk from Watendlath includes some of the open fell that forms the backbone of the Lake District. It offers good views although it can be wet underfoot especially after heavy rain and should not be attempted without good boots, waterproof clothing, map and compass.
The walk starts from the lovely, peaceful National Trust Hamlet of Watendlath (grid ref NY276163) situated at the end of a single track lane, off the B5289 Keswick to Borrowdale road. At first proceed in an easterly direction from the car park climbing part way up the hill. take the first path on the right, keeping to the left hand side of the wall. The footpath begins well but can be extremely wet by the time you reach the remote Blea Tarn (grid ref 290143). Meaning 'Blue Tarn' this sizeable stretch of water is flanked to the south-west by the cliffs of Low Saddle.
Follow the wet footpath to the left of the tarn crossing the stile at the boundary fence. Turn right to follow the path that climbs steeply through a gully to the left of the imposing Standing Crag. This path (not indicated on all maps) swings right, after the gully near the top, to meet the boundary fence behind Standing Crag.
Pick up and follow the well-worn path with the fence on you right until you reach the corner of the fence - the fence turns sharp right here. To continue cross over the stile on you right to walk to High Saddle then pick your way along the feint paths over Coldbarrow Fell to Lord's How (grid ref 283139).
It is good idea on this long approach across the heather clad fell to take a compass bearing of Dock Tarn if visible. Go to the far left side of Dock Tarn where you will pick up the path that has come up from Stonethwaite . Continue on this path, which drops down to Watendlath Tarn. Then it is over the pack horse bridge to your start.