Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Borrowdale, Cumbria, is often described as the most beautiful valley in the Lakes, and is one of the great centres of attraction for climbers. It is the southward continuation of the valley where Derwentwater lies and the River Derwent flows down the Seathwaite branch of Borrowdale; various parts of it are owned by the National Trust. At Grange, South of Derwentwater, the roads round each side of the lake join to enter the well-known Jaws of Borrowdale. This entry is formed by Grange Fell on the East and Scawdel close by on the West. The village of Grange is in a beautiful spot beside the old bridge over the river and backed by mountain views. Although so well known because of its site, Grange is a tiny place. It once had connections with Furness Abbey.
The Bowder Stone is below Grange Fell. This huge boulder (National Trust) is metamorphic rock, estimated to weigh about 2,000 tons, and can be ascended by ladder despite its apparently precarious balance. Castle Crag is further in through the Jaws, West of the river. It gives a view of Derwentwater, and on its summit is the site of an ancient British fort. Further up the valley, and 6 miles from Keswick, is Rosthwaite. Like Borrowdale village a little to the South, it is beloved of walkers and climbers. The Borrowdale Yews are higher up the Derwent valley, near Seathwaite, and were celebrated by Wordsworth before a storm destroyed most of them. Seathwaite (not the one in Duddon Valley) is situated just off the B5289. It has the highest average rainfall in England. The road peters out beyond this village, one track going over Sty Head Pass beside Great Gable (2,949 ft) on the South West, and another to Esk Hause, high in the knot of peaks of the Sca Fell and Bow Fell group. These wild and lofty regions offer magnificent views but are only for experienced climbers, and even they should avoid them if the weather is not clear. Glaramara (2,560 ft) divides Seathwaite from Stonethwaite, the east valley of Borrowdale, where Stake Pass leads to the Langdale valleys.
An industrial footnote: Seathwaite once mined the graphite for Keswick pencils.
Nearby towns: Ambleside, Coniston, Keswick, Ullswater
Nearby villages: Bassenthwaite, Bridekirk, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Dockray, Elterwater, Glenridding, Grasmere, Lorton, Loweswater, Mosedale, Mungrisdale, Newlands, Patterdale, Rosthwaite, Rydal, Threlkeld, Troutbeck, Wythburn
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation