walk starts opposite the car parking area in Burnbanks. Walk
up the stony track behind the bungalow complex following the
signpost to Upper Mardale.
A steady climb uphill leads to the fell side with a wood of
tall trees on the left. Haweswater soon comes into view and
then the high dam. Once on the right track there is little
more to be said regarding the path. From Burnbanks to Upper
Mardale the path is straight forward; all the walker needs
do is enjoy the changing land- and water-scape.
After half an hour The Forces Waterfall is the first main
feature to be crossed, it is the first of many becks that
feed the reservoir.
(1 hr 20 min)
waterfall at Whelter Beck was chosen as a picnic spot with
lovely views over the water to the `Haweswater Hotel and the
On continuing the prominent Gate Crag and The Rigg come into
view. After such a dry summer the reservoir was very low so
there was little water at the Mardale Head end of the reservoir.
This gave the opportunity for the drowned field system with
the long lost stone walls to be observed.
After the FB over Riggindale Beck the path continues between
short standing stones.
The FB over Mardale Beck leads around to the car park.
(1 hr 10 min)
Haweswater Shore FP starts on the left of the wall at the
end of the car park and follows a narrow grassy and often
stony path to the water pier where the path enters a wooded
area. Just before the Haweswater Hotel the FP rises up to
the road where a squeezer stile allows access. (1 hr
When this walk was last completed (January 2019), the Shore FP was closed, so our route back to the Haweswater Hotel was along the road.
path continues through the wood and eventually leads onto
the road shortly before the dam. Walk along road into Burnbanks.
About 250 yd after the entrance to Naddle Farm (seen on the
right) look for the FP sign on the left to Burnbanks. The
path ends at the car parking area.
(total time 4 hr 30 min).