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We have several car parks in the Borrowdale valley, all ideal starting points for a new adventure so why not try somewhere new? Parking is pay and display, free for members. Each time you scan your membership card, general funds get re-directed to help look after the Borrowdale valley.
Dogs are welcome to our outdoor properties but please keep them under close control to protect stock and wildlife. Take a look at our Canine Code and enjoy a great day out with your pup!
Come and get a great cup of organic coffee and a cake at locally owned Moon and Sixpence. Ideally located near Crow park as you start your walk along Derwent water.
Accessible path to Friar's Crag, Bowder Stone and boardwalk at southern end of Derwent Water. Accessible toilet at Seatoller, Rosthwaite and Watendlath.
Accessible route and/or map
B5289 south from Keswick. This is the Borrowdale Road and winds the full length of the valley, climbing the famous Honister Pass to the Buttermere Valley. Minor roads also lead along the west side of the lake, and up the Newlands Pass to Buttermere.
Parking: at Great Wood (CA12 5UP); Kettlewell (CA12 5UN); Bowderstone (CA12 5XA); Honister (CA12 5XN); Seatoller (CA12 5XN); Ashness Bridge (CA12 5UN); Surprise View (CA12 5UU). Watendlath (CA12 5UW) or grid ref. NY275163; Rosthwaite (CA12 5XB).
We've created a network of easy and moderate waymarked trails starting from the Keswick Lakeside shop and from Great Wood car park, ranging from ½ mile to 1¾ miles
Penrith station is 18 miles to the east, served by regular trains between Glasgow and London. A regular bus service links Penrith to Keswick
NCN71 (C2C) passes through Keswick
Keswick Launch Company service to seven landing stages around Derwent Water. 017687 72263
There are nine National Trust car parks in Borrowdale and Derwent Water to choose from. Find out how to find them and how much parking costs.
Derwent Island and House are open to visitors five days a year. Find out all your need to know about the visit and how to get the most out of your day.
Borrowdale and Derwent Water has a one paw print rating. Find out all you need to know about bringing your furry side-kick on an adventure around the lake shore, in the valleys and up the fells.
The Bowder Stone
A house-sized boulder balanced inexplicably on its side. Climb the ladder to the top of this Georgian tourist attraction.
Protected and internationally significant ancient Atlantic oak woodland. Spot lichens, fungi and red squirrels from waymarked walks.
The birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District and home of the cupped hands sculpture Entrust, by the lakeshore.
Lakeshore viewpoint looking across to the jaws of Borrowdale, a short walk from Keswick boat landings and the 100 years stone.
Most photographed view in the Lake District – traditional packhorse bridge a short stroll from Surprise View, overlooking Derwent Water.
Right on the shores of Derwent Water and a short walk from Keswick town centre, Crow park is the ideal spot for a relaxing picnic with lakeside views.
Force Crag Mine
The last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District. Visit the processing mill on bookable open days.
Drinks, snacks and ice creams available on Derwent Water lakeshore by the boat landings. Just a five-minute walk from Keswick.
Take in the views from Friar’s Crag and visit historic sculptures on a lakeside walk around Derwent Water or set off from Keswick to explore the surrounding woodlands and fells.
Discover the internationally significant ‘Atlantic oakwoods’ and Derwent Water which support a variety of rare species of plants and animals, including the red squirrel and vendace.
Discover the top things to see and do during your visit, including scenic walks, ancient woodlands, far-reaching views and famous Lakeland highlights such as the Bowder Stone
Along this favourite walk that takes you to a Borrowdale gem, the hamlet of Watendlath, you'll discover oak woodland, two tarns (mountain ponds) and stunning Lakeland views.
If you'd like to climb Castle Crag in a more civilised way, try this walk that also provides great views across the valley.
Enjoy a relaxing amble through parkland at Brandelhow and along the quiet side of Derwent Water, following in the footsteps of National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill.
An invigorating circular walk takes you from Seathwaite into the heart of the Lakeland fells, with peaceful tarns to picnic by and views of Great End and Great Gable.
Explore the land around Thorneythwaite Farm to learn about Lake District hill farming, then climb to see a hidden valley and waterfall cascading below Coombe Crag.
From High Brandelhow jetty, follow this gentle walk to Peace How – a hill dedicated to providing tranquility after the First World War, with views to Derwent Water and Castle Crag.
This walk takes you through the timeless beauty of the Borrowdale landscape and up to magnificent viewpoints which are spectacular in every season.
A rustic bothy for those who want to spend more time exploring the fells, tarns and peaks of the Lake District.
An impressive 18th-century carding mill, now a large six-bedroom escape perfect for family get-togethers.
A ‘stone tent’ warmed by a log-burner, set just metres from the shores of Loweswater.
A relaxed, natural site in the Langdales, a paradise for all kinds of adventures, from meandering trails to major peaks.
A peaceful campsite less than a mile from the shore of Wastwater, perfectly placed for challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.
Derwent Water is often called the 'Queen of the Lakes', and as you canoe along the shore with your camera at the ready it's easy to see why. As Borrowdale winds the 7 miles from Keswick to Seathwaite, there are eight National Trust car parks from which you can start your adventure into the fells.
At the south end of Derwent Water, the boardwalk across the wetlands makes the 9-mile circular waymarked walk around the lake a very pleasant leg stretch, with the chance to see otters and wetland birds if you're lucky. With trails through the Atlantic Oakwoods or up into the jaws of Borrowdale, the valley has something for everyone. And don't miss Force Crag Mine - a hidden gem at the foot of a waterfall in Coledale near Braithwaite.
The Bowder Stone, Borrowdale Yews and Castlerigg stone circle have stood watching the Borrowdale valley evolve around them. Discover the history of these ancient residents.
Find out more about the work the National Trust is doing with local partners, tenant farmers and other landowners in the area to help restore the Lake District's rivers.
Discover some of the 2016 film’s most adventurous settings, from secret moorings to hilltop farms, and find out how to see the places that originally inspired Arthur Ransome.
Did you know that along with farmers and other commoners, we look after approximately 16,000 hectares of common land in the North and West Lake District? This includes the Derwent common in the Borrowdale valley. Click here to learn more about the Upland Commons Project, the history of commoning and what we are doing to make sure these important stretches of land continue to support people, livestock and wildlife as they have done for centuries.
Search for live volunteering opportunities, or register your interest with Borrowdale and Derwent Water.
Join a supporter group in the Lake District to volunteer outdoors with other people and help us look after special places in the National Park.