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Surprise View: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Open today: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Borrowdale, Keswick, England
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All reviews ashness bridge narrow road car park nt members steep drive stunning views national trust viewing point well worth the trip keswick area lake district sunny day worth the effort an easy walk nice walk walla crag watendlath
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Given limited time that I couldnt make it to catbells but this place so I didn't put high hope on it. I walked up (slowly with my parents) from Ashness bridge and it took around 15 mins. The first word from everyone was "WOW" and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing view of lake Derwentwater & Catbells. It's an easy walk up to the spot & we can drive up to the location as well.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank davidjoe94
Reviewed 2 September 2019

I was on a circular walk of derwentwater and the suprise view really lives up to its name. Stunning location and a must see attraction

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank chris504019
Reviewed 24 August 2019

Best approached by walking up through the woods from the Lodore falls and then down the road from Watendlath. The view opening up is a real surprise. The car park is small, and the road up from Ashness bridge is very narrow, so leave the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 785ian
Reviewed 23 August 2019

I am disappointed that the national trust have now taken over car parking. This was a much loved site and now it is necessary to pay for the privilege of parking in a man made site in order to walk down the valley to Watendlath....More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank 22kathhryn50
Reviewed 21 August 2019 via mobile

We walked to Surprise View from the car park at Ashness Bridge. The view is a magical gift when you arrive. It's stunning. I would definitely recommend walking rather than driving there as the view feels like a thank you for putting in a bit...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Kitwe73
Reviewed 10 August 2019 via mobile

We loved our visit to Surprise View whilst on holiday. Being NT members is great when in the Lakes so we just scanned our card at the car park but it’s not too much to park. You won’t be there long if just for the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Paddles83
Reviewed 2 August 2019

Well worth the trip. Its a fairly hard walk if you park just over the bridge (WARNING the bridge is very narrow) but you can carry on driving and park directly opposite. Spectacular views of Borrowdale. Remember to take cash for carpark as there's no...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank davidrW1487LD
Reviewed 30 July 2019 via mobile

It’s a short drive or quite a long walk up the hill to a car park and viewing point that looks over the whole of Derwentwater. Amazing views of the lake, surrounding mountains and villages below. I was there on a clear and sunny day...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 29Jetsetter
Reviewed 25 July 2019

Stumbled across this viewpoint by chance, having located it on a map. Firstly couldn’t believe there was a place called surprise view. We drove up. The road is narrow, steep and twisty but not unlike many of the roads around here. The view was incredible...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Muhammad I
17 April 2019|
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Response from NatTrem | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is... need to keep going up a very steep narrow track but there is parking right at the top.