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These packhorse bridges are a feature of the English Lake District. They were used for moving livestock and the transportation of goods and supplies across the mountains by sturdy mountain ponies.

This bridge is in Watendlath, a well known beauty spot in a “hanging valley” (the term for a high valley). Watendlath features strongly in writer Sir Hugh Walpole’s saga of a Cumberland family “The Herries Chronicles,” written in 1938 but set in Victorian times. The house at the left of the bridge is adopted as the home of the character Judith Paris in the volume of that name and receives many visitors who follow the literary trails.

You may drive along a very narrow lane with few passing places to the hamlet of Watendlath and its Tarn. Better still - park further back at the point shown on maps as “Surprise view” just past Ashness bridge (another fine view), and take an easy walk up the valley. Even better, walk over from Rosthwaite and enjoy wonderful views of the Borrowdale Valley and a grand vista of Watendlath as you arrive at the fell-top pass. Sustenance (non-alcoholic) is available at Watendlath Farm as are permits for the excellent trout fishing in the tarn.

A low sun to the right gave high contrast but also strong colours so I hope you will forgive the few dark shadows. I toppled back into the shallow water just after taking this, but I saved my camera!

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