An ancient place 4,500 years in the making
Come and experience Borrowdale, which echoes with the stories of people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. We care for over 29,000 acres in the valley and the past is incredibly important to the conservation work we do.
Did you know?
- The first inhabitants of Cumbria lived in coastal camps and caves
- More stone axes were produced in the Lakes than anywhere in Britain
- A coin of Emperor Nero was found in Borrowdale
- Many of the present place names in the area are of Norse origin
- At one time the entire valley was owned by Fountains & Furness Abbeys
- By the mid-1700s Borrowdale became a major tourist destination
- By 1847 there were 14 pencil factories in Keswick alone