Bowder Stone National Trust Car Park Borrowdale
A large car park (approximately 60 spaces) with an access-for-all footpath to the quirky Bowder Stone, and a short stroll down to the river Derwent, good for wildlife watching.
How to get here
- Post Code: CA12 5XA (please note that in rural locations post codes often cover a wide area - so don't believe the SatNav, look for the signs!)
- Grid ref: NY253168
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Bowder Stone car park is 4¾ miles (7.5km) outside Keswick on the Borrowdale Road, B5289. Drive out of Keswick beyond the lake. The entrance to the car park is one mile past the bridge to the hamlet of Grange, on the left hand side of the road, marked by a roadside sign.
How much does it cost to park?
National Trust members can scan to park for free, but if you’re not a member don't forget some change as due to our rural location there is very limited mobile signal which means we can't take card or phone payment at all our car parks. Every penny directly funds our work in the valley to care for wildlife, walls, paths, cottages and farms.
See a Georgian tourist attraction
The Bowder Stone is right in the 'Jaws of Borrowdale' - the narrow point where the road winds beneath overhanging crags. This house-sized boulder has come to rest improbably on one edge and has been the quirkiest tourist attraction in the lakes since Georgian times as you can climb up its ladder.
A short, easy stroll away
Exit the car park via the steps near the ticket machine for the half mile wheelchair-accessible track to the Bowder Stone (there are 3 disabled parking spaces at the bottom of the steps beside the bus stop). The Bowder Stone is an easy 15 minute walk along wide undulating paths and is the Lake District National Park’s Miles Without Stiles route number 35.
A wildlife walk down to the river
Once you’ve been to the Bowder Stone and you’ve returned to the bus stop, there’s a second short stroll you can do, by crossing the road and following the waymarked trail down to a peaceful bench beside the river. Please keep dogs on leads as this can be a good place to spot otters, dippers and kingfishers. Take a thermos with you and soak in the tranquillity
Start your walk to Castle Crag here
Bowder Stone car park is also the starting point for our free downloadable walk to the dramatic and historic viewpoint of Castle Crag. It’s a moderate walk that’s 4miles long. Allow 3-4 hours for parking depending on how fast you climb hills!
Spot a red squirrel
A walk through Bowder Stone woods is one of the best places for spotting a red squirrel in Borrowdale.
Parking here can boost our conservation work and help us keep the red squirrel alive in the lakes. Whether you are a member who scans your card (we get £1 from central funds every time you do) or a non-member who pays for a ticket, every penny you generate in this car park goes to help us take care of this special place, so thank you.