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Best Walks with a View: The Lake District, Borrowdale

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The Lakes: the Borrowdale Valley walk

TOG Tip: This isn’t a circular walk so either phone a friend or hitch a ride back to your car!

Setting off from Rosthwaite, a small village in the jaws of Borrowdale, Julia takes in the history and landscape of the surrounding fells, from the miners and farmers that work this land, to the many sportsmen and adventurers who have called this place home – the likes of record fell runner Billy Bland and early 20th century adventurer Millican Dalton.

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The climax of this gorgeous valley walk sees Julia head up the much-cherished fell, Castle Crag. Standing at less than a 1000 feet, and joined by mountaineering legend, Sir Chris Bonington, Julia begs the question, which is best – Everest or Castle Crag?!

From the lush green valley floor, to magnificent views over Derwent Water, this walk is a great way to take home a lasting memory of the Lakes, and all in under three hours.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Windermere, Penrith

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".