Honister Mine and Via Ferrata

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Borrowdale, at the other end of Keswick’s Derwentwater could easily be a world away from Keswick.  And at the top end of Borrowdale is Honister Pass, a winding mountain road that leads to Honister Slate Mine.

 

Honister Slate Mine EquipmentThis mine was resurrected by Mark Weir in 1997 and is the only working slate mine in England.  It is thought that slate has been mined here for 900 years although the earliest confirmed records date back to the early 1700s. 

 

Honister Slate Mine TourA tour down Honister Mine takes you along a journey in time, ending with the tragic death of Mark Weir in 2011. 

Also at Honister is England’s only via ferrata and Europe’s longest rope bridge – the Infinity Bridge.    The via ferrata is a series of cables that you attach yourself too before climbing a series of metal rungs that are attached to the mountainside.  It sounds easy but feels precarious.  Choose between the ‘classic’ route or the ‘extreme’ one!

A handy place to visit if you’re staying in our Keswick Cottages or our Borrowdale Cottages, or even our Loweswater Cottages (if you come to Honister via Buttermere).