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Borrowdale is one of the most stunning valleys in the Lake District, full of heritage and culture.

The Borrowdale valley is one of the most idyllic places on earth. It runs for some ten miles from the high fells, with 977m Scafell Pike the highest summit, down to the shores of Derwentwater.

It’s one of the most popular places to rock climb in the Lake District because there are lots of low level fast drying crags which are easily accessible from the road.

One of the scenic places of this area is the tiny hamlet of Watendlath with a small tarn of the same name, a popular place for fishing. The entire hamlet is owned by the National Trust and is managed by tenant farmers.

In the main valley below, past the impressive Lodore Falls, is the small and attractive village of Grange in Borrowdale, reached over the striking two arched bridge, a popular stopping place for picnics or a visit to a cafe. The church of the Holy Trinity dates back to 1861.

From here the valley narrows into the spectacular “Jaws of Borrowdale” with road and paths squeezed into a gorge. With dramatic suddenness the scene changes to one of rich pastures bordered by dry stone walls spread across the flat valley floor. The wide panorama of mountains surrounding the head of Borrowdale are revealed in all their majesty.

Rosthwaite is a lovely village surrounded by magnificent fells and home to lovely pubs and hotels.

Stonethwaite has a village school, the beautiful but tiny St Andrews Church and an idyllic campsite.

Seatoller at the foot of the Honister Pass has commanding views of the Borrowdale Fells.

Get here by Launch:
Stop at Lodore.
Stop at High Brandelhow.

Walking ideas:
Julia Bradbury’s Best Walk with a View