Borrowdale and Buttermere
It must be one of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles...
Things to do in Borrowdale and Buttermere in Cumbria
If you travel through the Vale of Lorton you will reach beautiful Crummock Water which is then linked to Buttermere by a small beck. These two lakes are ideally located in the heavenly north lakes.
This theatre is beautifully situated overlooking Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, only a short stroll from the centre of Keswick.
If you are looking for a challenge this is the place to go. Here you will find some of the hardest routes in Langdale. Accessed from the Old Dungeon Ghyll it forms the eastern edge of the Great Slab.
The beautiful lake of Derwentwater is located in the north of the Lake District, and is surrounded by magnificent fells, the Borrowdale Valley and Keswick.
The idyllic setting is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Lake District, with an amazing view over the lake of Derwentwater towards Keswick and the surrounding fells.
The River Rothay is a popular place to kayak. The meandering river provides great waters for novices to have a go at this exciting water sport.
You will need a whole day for this one, `GoLakes' have described it as a full mountain experience!
Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain and was formerly named `The Pikes or `The Pikes of Scawfell'. It features in Wainwrights top six mountains and it's easy to see why.
Situated at the head of Warnscale Bottom (a bothy) this large lump of rock offers a range of routes in a great setting. It can be accessed from Gatesgarth - about 30 minutes walk.
This is a family run water sports centre on the shores of Derwentwater. They offer hire and tuition of Canoes, Kayaks, Sailing and Dragonboating. Families, young children, groups and those with special needs all welcome. Tel: 01768 76572
Last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District. Explore the processing mill and landscape with a guide.
South of Keswick you can find the stunning valley of Borrowdale where you will discover the three valleys known as Watendlath, Stonethwaite and Seathwaite.
The activity centre of Glaramara is a brilliant place to explore the amazing surrounding environment by doing some exciting outdoor pursuits.
In the Newlands Valley you can find this centre which provides you with a number of great exciting adventures to take part in during your holiday.
AALA licensed watersports centre located on the shores of Derwentwater.
Overlooking the village of Coniston is the beautiful fell known as the `Old Man of Coniston'. A part of the Furness Fells, this summit is over 800 metres high and is interesting to the eye with evidence mining that was done here years ago.
Wastwater is the deepest lake in the whole of the Lake District with a depth of 260 feet. This is well argued to be one of the most spectacular and beautiful lakes in Cumbria.
A popular place to visit in the Borrowdale Valley is the Lodore Falls, a waterfall which is formed by the Watendath Beck and is located near the southern end of Derwentwater.
Located in upper Borrowdale this popular crag boasts excellent views from the top. There are plenty of climbs on these compact slabs so even on busy days you should be able to find your own route up.
A beautiful conical shaped mountain (2960 feet) of great character with grassy swards leading to exciting rock block slabs and a deserving centre of climbing and walking attention.
Alternative is a design led Gift and Household Store.
A magnificent hulk (2949 feet) famous lying in the heart of The Lakes and famous for rock climbing.
Enjoy a 50 minute cruise around the lake of Derwentwater. Rowing boats and motor boats are also available for the more adventurous! Tel: 01768 772263
High Crag offers the climber open climbing on excellent rock which is positioned fantastically. It can be chilly here though so take your jacket!
Located in the Borrowdale valley near the Grange village is a 2000 ton boulder. It is most unusually placed, balanced on a strange angle.
Perhaps one of the most striking rock climbing challenges in the Lake District Napes Needle is not for the faint hearted!
The dramatic Langdale Pikes can be found at the head of the Langdale Valley and can often be seen from many miles away overlooking the vale.
Newlands Valley Mines
For many centuries, the valley was mined and quarried with the Goldscope mine being one of the most successful and well-known. Found on the lower part of the valley it was a successful mine for the amounts of copper and lead which were extracted. Nice walks can be taken up the valley with spoil heaps from the mines seen when you cross the footbridge over Newlands Beck.
Honister Slate Mine
First recordings of mining at the Honister Slate Mine dates back to the 1700's, but it is believed it may have started in the Roman or even Pre-Historic era.
This has to be one of the UK's best crags which dominates Mickleden with its grey buttresses and slabs.
`Lake District Maps' is a unique and helpful website that enables visitors to purchase a variety of family friendly walking routes and maps.
Overlooking the upper reaches of Mickleden this classic mountain crag offers many routes most of which are over 100m in length. It can be chilly, it is north east facing but don't let that put you off.
Scale Force is the highest waterfall in the Lake District. Out of sight in a deep gorge surrounded by trees close to the village of Buttermere it falls for a total of 170 feet! A path to Scale Force begins in tiny Buttermere village and is a rough walk through a tree-lined gorge.
Unique guided fishing trips and fly casting tuition amongst the beautiful scenery of the Lake District - great if you are not familiar with the area. Tel: 01768 779227
A hidden gem in upper Langdale this crag features fine groove and crack climbing on excellent rock. It's a bit of a walk (over an hour from the Old Dungeon Ghyll) but it's well worth it!
This collection of crags opposite Bowderstone Crags on the west side of Borrowdale have many different routes to offer the climber.
A very well kept secret high above the west shore of Thirlmere. Reedy banks and golden water lillies make this is a special place.
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