Honister Pass National Trust car park Borrowdale

View from Honister Pass

Our highest car park - at 350m altitude, this is a good place to gain height before heading for the summits or to start a downhill walk and catch the bus back up.

How to get here

  • Postcode: CA12 5XN (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: NY225135

  • Find us on Google Maps

The car park is on the left hand side off the B5289 at the summit of Honister Pass between the Borrowdale and Buttermere valleys.

A dramatic mountain pass

Perched at the top of Honister Pass this is a great place to pause as you drive the steep and narrow road up from Seatoller. Watch the scenery change as you leave the wooded valley of Borrowdale behind you and take in the wild fell views as you head over the top of this mountain pass and down into Buttermere. 

On a sunny day you can see the top of Glaramara but even when the cloud comes down it can be a dramatic and eerie spot as the fells tops disappear and re-emerge. Remember to check road conditions before heading up during cold weather.

Head downhill or into the fells

For a moderate downhill walk you can follow Hause Gill from its source as it joins the River Derwent and continues on to the village of Grange in Borrowdale, then take the bus back up to your car.  If you’re looking for a more challenging day out you can head into the high fells from here with routes onto Great Gable, Haytacks, Fleetwith Pike and Dale Head.

Trees over hanging the River Derwent in Borrowdale

Downstream to Derwent walk

Follow Hause Gill from its source high on Honister Pass, as it joins the River Derwent and continues on to the village of Grange in Borrowdale.

Stay a little longer

Honister YHA is next to our car park if you’re looking for an overnight stop. Honister is known for the slate mine first worked here in the 1700’s, still working today it also has a café, mine tours and a number of adventure experiences including a Via Ferrata.

Park up and boost conservation work in Borrowdale

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.

Read about how we’ve installed a hydro to generate green energy from the wettest place in England. 

Hause Gill hydro power scheme installation, Honister, Lake District

Hause Gill hydro power scheme 

Harnessing green energy from the wettest place in England since August 2017!