Borrowdale, which is located on the B5289 south of Keswick in Cumbria, is a perfect example of a steep sided glacial valley in mountainous countryside. This valley, which was once described by Alfred Wainwright as a “pageant of beauty from end to end”, has thickly wooded fells which are topped by towering crags. This area has always been a popular tourist destination.

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Village: Borrowdale

OS grid ref: NY545045

Coordinates: 54° 26′ 02″ N, 2° 42′ 11″ W

Nearest lake/tarn: Derwent Water

Nearest mountain/fell: Scafell Pike

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The picturesque village of Grange-in-Borrowdale, which lies at the foot of the dale, has a narrow double arched pack horse bridge over the River Derwent which dates back to approximately 1675 and which links the village to the Keswick road. Approximately three quarters of a mile south from this village lies the famous Bowder Stone, which is believed to have been deposited here by the force of glaciers. The Lodore Falls, which is approximately one mile north of Grange-in-Borrowdale, is spectacular after wet weather as it falls around 200 feet.

Rosthwaite, which is an ancient hamlet within Borrowdale, is very popular with walkers. It has a number of hotels, a youth hostel and bed and breakfast Accommodation. The small village of Stonethwaite, which is located a little further down the valley, has a village inn which is surrounded by whitewashed cottages. This inn is popular with walkers. The National Park Information Centre, which covers this area, can be found within a converted barn within the village of Seatoller. In this village most of it’s cottages were built to house the quarry workers who were employed at the nearby Honister Pass.

Seathwaite, which is a small farming village to the south, is a popular area for walkers as it is close to Great Gable and Scafell. Borrowdale has six woods, all of which have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, they are: Great Wood, Castle Head Wood, Troutdale Woods, the Ings, Johnny Woods and Seatoller Woods.

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