The Borrowdale Valley

Borrowdale, near Keswick in Cumbria, is one of the most scenic locations in the British Isles. It is a popular destination with walkers, as it is the starting point for many of the high fell walks such as Scafell, Great Gable, Glaramara, High Spy, Dale Head. A drive along the valley, past the peaceful shores of Derwentwater and through the much photographed Jaws of Borrowdale, is an exhilarating experience.

Derwentwater is situated at the northern end of the valley, framed by the hills of Cat Bells. There are five hamlets within the valley – Grange, Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite, Seathwaite and Seatoller. At the southern end of the valley is the dramatic Honister Pass, its winding road climbing sharply upwards flanked by the rugged hillsides, towards a working slate mine at the top. The descent over Honister leads to another beautiful area, Buttermere, with its picturesque lake and charming hamlet.

Keswick is the nearest town and is approximately seven miles from Rosthwaite. The town has a cinema, shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and a swimming pool. It is also home to the famous Theatre by the Lake, the Keswick Launch Company and the Pencil Museum – graphite was first discovered in Borrowdale and pencils have been made in Keswick ever since!

See our Things To Do page for some suggestions of places to go and various activities.