Walking

Walking and Rambling in Borrowdale

Overview

There is no better place for climbing Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Bowfell. However, size isn't everything and the more lowly Castle Crag will leave you with an enduring memory of the beauty and atmosphere of the Lake District. Catbells, Walla Crag and walks along the River Derwent are cherished family favourites.

Discovering Britain walk with the Royal Geographical Society: A Walk of Art

Of the four main routes up Scafell Pike, the Borrowdale ascent via Sty Head and the corridor route is considered the finest. The high level walk traverses the lower slopes of Great End, Ill Crag and Broad Crag. As you climb you'll encounter fantastic views over Great Gable and finally down over Wasdale Head towards Wastwater.

What makes it special

  • Mountain walks

Hostels nearby

YHA Borrowdale exterior

YHA Borrowdale

Camping and Cabins
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Walking and Rambling in Borrowdale

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: NY257125

Lat/Lng: 54.502812, -3.1485782

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Mountain biking

Mountain biking in Borrowdale

The 19 kilometre red grade Altura trail has two loops which includes 15 kilometres of challenging single track sections and popular features like berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies, cork screws and

Cycling

Cycling in Borrowdale

Cycling around Derwentwater is a great day in the saddle. Admire the ever changing and breathtaking views across Derwentwater and stop off at the cafe at Grange and Keswick to keep you going.

Climbing

Climbing in Borrowdale

Shepherd's crag is a unique climbing ground! The buttresses provide good pitches for both beginner and tiger. The rock is generally excellent.

Watersports

Watersports around Borrowdale

Fast and furious dragon boat racing is a must for groups and for something totally different, don't miss the experience of sailing or rowing a Viking Longboat.

Running

Running in Borrowdale

The Borrowdale valley has a great reputation with fell runners. And thanks to the races the hostel organises, YHA Borrowdale is now attracting plenty of people with a passion for dashing.

runners

Borrowdale Fell Race

The Borrowdale Fell Race is an endurance challenge consisting of 17 miles across tough terrain including 6500 feet of ascent (27km, 2000m).

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

For underground tours and the popular Via Ferrata. Edge along ladders and bridges to reach a summit viewpoint over Buttermere. Visit the website

Rock climbing

Climbing in Wasdale

Follow in the footsteps of the Abraham brothers and climb to the top of Napes Needle - a classic hard/severe climb with stunning mountainside views straight down to Wasdale.

Ambleside

Walking and Rambling in Ambleside

A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.

Mountain biking in Black Sail

Mountain biking in Black Sail

Travel light and bike up to YHA Black Sail before conquering two of the toughest lakeland passes - Scarth Gap and Black Sail Pass.

Cycling in Black Sail

Cycling in Black Sail

Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape. Whether it’s hill or valley you want to explore, you can ride as far as your legs will allow you.  

Walking and Rambling in Black Sail Pass

Walking and Rambling around Black Sail Pass

 Walking & Rambling    Try the high level traverse under Pillar Rock up to the summit of Pillar and along the ridge to Black Sail pass with spectacular views of Scafell and Grea

Canoeing on lake

Plattyplus watersports

Based on the shores of Derwent Water, you can hire equipment or take a lesson in kayaking, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. Visit the Platty+ website

Climbing

Climbing in Langdale

Raven Crag, Gimmer Crag and White Ghyll are just a few of the numerous rock climbing spots which line the Langdale valley floor, providing some of the most spectacular rock routes in the UK - come and

climbing

Climbing in Grasmere

Climb and scramble to your hearts content and enjoy the spectacular views from this beautiful part of the country.