Borrowdale

Borrowdale

Route: Borrowdale

Area: North Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 4th July 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny and warm

I’d planned a high level walk today but, on checking the Mountain Weather Information Service, fog was forecast to shroud the higher fells by mid morning, so I decided on a low level walk instead. With only a vague route in mind I set off for Borrowdale,  one of the most beautiful valleys in lakeland. I parked in the National Trust car park in Seatoller at the foot of the Honister Pass, although this walk could be started just as conveniently from Seathwaite or Rosthwaite

I turned right just beyond Seatoller and headed along the quiet valley road which leads to Seathwaite. At Seathwaite Bridge I left the road to follow the path to Sty Head, but turned left after a short distance to walk through Seathwaite Farm. The campsite here occupies a wonderful position at the head of the valley, and is a springboard to many of the north western, central, southern and western Cumbrian Fells. I returned along the far side of the valley and, after crossing the Borrowdale road near Seatoller, I joined the lovely path beside the River Derwent. There is one rocky section here at a bend in the river where chains are provided, but don’t let this put you off – it’s a simple clamber and there are no difficulties

As I approached Rosthwaite I decided to return via a higher level path, one which I’ve trodden many times in the past and which offers some wonderful views over Borrowdale. This involves a climb beside Tongue Gill, but it’s worth the effort. The return journey to Seatoller was a delight every step of the way, and I was glad to have included this path in today’s itinerary – it made for a great end to a great walk

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