Things to do nearby The Barn (Borrowdale)
Seatoller is located at the southern end of the Borrowdale Valley. This is truly a walker's paradise with easy access to the likes of Scafell Pike as well as easy valley and lakeside walks. Honister Pass is a great biking challenge whilst the mine on top is full of fascinating history and exciting adventure. Keswick can be reached in 20 minutes and has lake cruises and lots of attractions.
Seatoller is a small hamlet at the head of the valley of Borrowdale. There is a regular bus service to Keswick all year round and to Buttermere between April and October. Seatoller is at the foot of the Honister Pass, a dramatic road that winds its way uphill through spectacular mountain scenery before sweeping down to Buttermere.
Borrowdale is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District. It offers a wide variety of walks, many of which are accessible straight from Seatoller including popular fells such as Dale Head, Glaramara or Fleetwith Pike. Seathwaite Farm is a mile from Seatoller and is the traditional starting point for several magnificent walks including Great Gable and Scafell Pike.
In addition to walking, Borrowdale offers some classic rock climbing routes and scrambling opportunities, including Shepherd’s Crag, Raven Crag and Bleak How. You can also cycle on-road through the valley and over the Honister, one of the toughest passes in the Lake District. Alternatively, go off-road on the bridleways for some more adventurous biking. At the southern tip of Derwentwater you can hire all kind of boats for adventures on the lake.
Langstrath is an offshoot valley from Borrowdale. It feels quite remote and wild compared to the lush green of Borrowdale and charts a course uphill towards Angle Tarn and the Langdale Pikes. There are several popular swimming pools in the river including Black Moss Pot and the Fairy Glen. The Langstrath Inn is situated at the start of the valley and serves an excellent menu.
Further down the valley in Rosthwaite you will find the Royal Oak for a lovely afternoon tea, the Scafell Hotel for good bar meals, or the Flock Inn for the best flapjacks in Borrowdale! The Flock Inn is a tearoom on a working farm where you can buy Herdwick wool, lamb and homemade preserves and cakes.Grange is the main settlement in Borrowdale, although it is tiny! It has a charming double hump back bridge over the river, which is mostly shallow at this point and perfect for paddling. You can easily walk down the bank from the edge of the bridge and wade across the river to one of the pebbled islands for a picnic or to laze with a book. It is a glorious spot and gets busy in the summer months. Grange has two tearooms; one is just off the bridge and has a lovely garden terrace overlooking the river. The other is opposite the church and marks the starting point for the Allerdale Ramble, a charming walk through the valley.
Keswick is a popular market town within easy reach of Seatoller and the Borrowdale Valley. You can drive there, use the regular bus service, or even sail across Derwentwater on a Keswick Launch! Keswick is a traditional Lakeland town with a pedestrianised market square and a twice-weekly market. You can do all your essential shopping, visit the cinema or theatre, and take in one of the many traditional pubs or stylish bars. If you’re looking for an adrenaline fix, Keswick is also known as the Adventure Capital of the Lake District and is well-deserving of the name: there are numerous outdoor pursuit providers ready to take you on your own adventure!
In the other direction you can take a trip over Honister Pass to Buttermere. Honister is a steep and dramatic pass that climbs to Honister Slate Mine at the top before sweeping downhill to Buttermere. Honister is the last working slate mine in the UK. Here you can not only pick up a slate memento but you can also take a tour of the mine, go for a walk through the industrial landscape or test your nerve on the Via Ferrata and Infinity Bridge.
The lovely little lake of Buttermere is regularly voted as having one of the best views in the UK. In the village of the same name there are two good pubs, a superb ice cream parlour, and a tearoom. Stunning mountains surround the lake, including High Crag, Robinson, Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, and there is a wide variety of good walking, including an easy circular route around the lake’s edge.
Buttermere’s twin lake, Crummock, is also wonderfully tranquil and full of hidden gems. In a deep tree-lined gorge is Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District. On the opposite side of the lake is Rannerdale, the ‘hidden’ valley. Legend tells of a great battle that took place here and, in May, the ground is carpeted in bright bluebells, said to grow in such abundance thanks to the blood of the fallen! Although the story is grim, the floral display is spectacular and well worth a visit. It also makes up part of a walk up Rannerdale Knotts.