Borrowdale and Derwent Water, Lake District, England
Lake District, Cumbria
Borrowdale and Derwent Water
A secluded village off the main road, and at the foot of
the Whinlatter Pass. There is a scenic road over the pass to Buttermere.
The village church, built in 1900, is dedicated to St Herbert,
the local saint, who was a hermit on an island on Derwent Water.
Once a market and mining centre, Keswick is now home to climbers,
walkers and holiday makers.
The poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey lived
at Greta Hall (now part of Keswick School) in the early 19th century.
The Fitz Park Museum contains manuscripts of local poets
and a mineral collection.
Details of an historic town walk can be obtained from the
Tourist Information Centre at the Moot Hall in the Market Square
Grange in Borrowdale
Named after the grange or granary that the monks of Furness
Abbey originally had here, the village is reached over an old double bridge
One of the most attractive villages in the area. Borrowdale
itself is a very beautiful valley, with towering crags and wooded fells.
A mile north of Grange are the Lodore Falls, which are spectacular
after heavy rain
A mile to the south is the Bowder Stone, an impressive remnant
of the Ice Age
A small "hanging valley" two miles south of Keswick.
It contains Ashness Bridge, particularly popular with photographers as it
has a backdrop of the lake, woods and Skiddaw in the distance
The National Trust owns all the buildings in the small hamlet
Watendlath was the setting for the novel Judith Paris
by Sir Hugh Walpole, who lived in Borrowdale
A small hamlet in the middle of Borrowdale The National Trust
own most of the buildings and also Johnny Wood, a fine oak woodland, with
a nature trail featuring interesting flora
The whole area round Rosthwaite has broad-leaved woodlands
which are fine examples of valley-side woods, rich in mosses and lovely to
look at. Again the National Trust owns much of these woods
The hamlet is at the head of the beautiful Borrowdale valley.
The cottages were built in 1643 to house the workers at the then newly opened
slate quarry (which still produces high quality slate today)
The Lake District National Park Dalehead Base is in a converted
barn in the hamlet. There are exhibitions of the geography, history and geology
of the area.
A mile further up the alley is Seathwaite, which is the wettest
place in Britain at 120 inches per year. They say it does not have more rainy
days than other places, it is just that when it does rain, it rains more