The picturesque hamlet of Watendlath provides welcome refreshments © Malcolm Wade

The picturesque hamlet of Watendlath provides welcome refreshments

Interesting places to visit in Borrowdale

Ponder over our ancestors at the mysterious ancient sites of Castlerigg Stone Circle, Castle Crag hill fort, or the remains of the mineral and slate mines echoing the valley's industrial past.

Enjoy classic views such as Ashness Bridge and Surprise View, enjoy the drama of the high fells reflected in Derwentwater and soak up the spiritual majesty of the woodlands.

Pick out the iconic mountain ranges: start off with Cat Bells for your route into the central fells leading to Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Great Gable and the Scafell massif.

  • Derwent Island and House

    Just a stone's throw from Keswick but accessible only by boat lies one of our hidden gems. Derwent Island and its house have fascinated visitors for years and years: the beautiful wooded garden with the house perched on top of the gentle rise seems reminiscent of a more romantic age.

  • Catbells

    Tales of a naughty bunny, a squirrel and a hedgehog laundress all in the ‘Lair of the Wildcat’! This is Catbells -  the dominant ridge over Derwentwater, offering stunning views for little effort. It is an ideal family walk but also leads to some classic upland routes.

  • Jaws of Borrowdale

    Considered by Lakeland afficionado Alfred Wainwright to be the most beautiful square mile in Lakeland, the Jaws of Borrowdale have a subtle and secluded beauty. A mix of wooded glades, rocky knolls, a beautiful river, and a couple of Lakeland’s finest minor peaks reward a gentle exploration.

  • Force Crag Mine

    At the head of the Coledale Valley surrounded by an imposing horseshoe of fells lies a striking red scar of spoil and scree. A collection of 'Wild West' tin sheds precariously cling to the lower slopes. This is the site of Force Crag, the last mineral mine to operate in the Lake District.

  • Castlerigg

    An inspiring ring of stones  set within a ring of mountains. Exciting and intriguing visitors for more than 45 centuries, Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of our most important gems.

  • Ashness & Surprise View

    Ashness Bridge is perhaps the most photographed packhorse bridge in the Lake District, due to its location and stunning views. From nearby Surprise View you can see how great ice sheets carved out this impressive landscape. You also have an uninterrupted view across Derwentwater and onto the Solway and  distant shores of Scotland.