A wild stretch of grassy peaks, oak woodlands and rolling sheep pastures hugging the banks of the River Derwent, the rugged beauty of Borrowdale Valley is undeniable and its central location at the heart of the Lake District makes it a prime through-route for hikers. Linked by the Honistor Path to Buttermere Valley in the West and Derwent Water and Keswick in the north, the scenic valley passes through the villages of Seatoller, Borrowdale and Rosthwaite, and lies en-route to the famous peak of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

It’s Borrowdale unique landscape, sculpted by ancient glaciers, that is its biggest draw, and natural highlights include the narrow ravine known as the Jaws of Borrowdale, the nine-meter-tall Bowder Stone, the Lodore Waterfall and the vast woodlands, which host an impressively diverse ecosystem and a large variety of birds. 

Practical Info

Borrowdale Valley is located in the north of the Lake District National Park, just east of Buttermere, and Keswick is a great base for exploring the area. As an alternative to driving, take one of the buses that leave from the town, taking in highlights of the valley.

Tours & Tickets

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Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 182 Reviews

This tour covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes and a lake cruise, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.54

4-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $698.93

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $476.54

Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Lake District on this full-day tour, led by an expert driver-guide. Relax in the comfort of your very own private vehicle as you’re ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.14

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Spend three days discovering the secrets of Roman Britain and the stunning English Lake District on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Follow the route of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $411.42

4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience in Lake District Including Lakeland Tour, Ten Lakes Tours and Lake Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the best of the Lake District and the places that inspired Beatrix Potter on this 4-day experience based in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stay three nights ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $698.93

Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

See 10 lakes in one day on a 6.5-hour tour around the idyllic Lake District from Windermere! With an expert local guide, travel by coach around the region to ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.65

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