The beautiful Borrowdale Valley west of Derwentwater and south of Keswick bridges the gap between Langdale and the mighty peaks of the Northern fells. It’s an incredibly popular Lakeland walking, climbing and mountain biking area, home to the dramatic Honister Pass, famous high fell walks like Catbells and a mixed spectacular landscape of lakes and rivers, mountains, oak wooded glades, gentle valley floor countryside and the craggy scar remnants of mineral mining once prevalent in the area.
Ancient sites including the Castlerigg Stone Circle and Castle Crag hill fort are here alongside famed fells like Great Gable, High Spy and Maiden Moor and Lakeland’s most famous boulders in an area covering the valley floor of the River Derwent known as ‘The Jaws of Borrowdale’. Like neighbouring Langdale, the National Trust has a strong presence in Borrowdale and the area offers a fantastic choice of beauty spots and outdoor activities from walking and cycling to boating, swimming and fishing.
Stay in a Borrowdale holiday cottage at the foot of Catbells, perfect for walking holidays with pets in the Lakes or opt for a luxury cottage in Seatoller offering easy access into the Honister Pass. The Borrowdale area around Derwentwater offers an exceptional choice of luxury 4 and 5 star self-catering cottages and country B&B guest houses. Find and book Borrowdale accommodation online now with Iknow.
Outdoor Activities in Borrowdale
The spectacular wooded Borrowdale Valley south of Keswick features great water sports on Derwent water. The more peaceful Thirlmere reservoir is popular for walking and is surrounded by luxury waterside hotels with spas.
Challenging fell walks and low lying walks are both in the Borrowdale Valley alongside scenic wonders like the Lodore Falls ravine and the unusual Bowder Stone, a 2,000 tonne stone somehow balanced at what seems a precarious angle having been carried from Scotland by glacier movement. The rock was eventually dumped somewhat unceremoniously in the middle of the Lake District – contrary to popular belief that it must have fallen from one of the surrounding mountains.
Keswick launch boat trips around Derwentwater make it easy for visitors to move around the Borrowdale Valley and hook into favourite walks such as the Hawse End to Lodore landings walk taking in the Lodore waterfalls. A great Borrowdale family attraction is the Honister Slate Mine which features an underground mine tour, jeep rides, on-site gift shop and adventure climbing system the Via Ferrata.