Rock Climbing at Shepherd's Crag in Borrowdale? Yes please!


It’s a beautiful day here in Keswick – The sun is shining and Philip is planning a little trip down Borrowdale this evening to go climbing on Shepherd’s Crag.

This is really the best time of year for climbing on the valley crags in the Lake District – it’s nice and warm without being too hot and crucially it’s another month or so until we need to start worrying about the midges.

For us, Shepherd’s Crag is perfect for doing a few rock climbs after work.  You can de-stress in the sun for a half an hour with a cup of tea and a bowl of fruit pie and custard at Shepherd’s Café and then the crag catches the last of the evening sun before it sets behind Catbells.

If you are coming to stay at one of our Keswick Cottages, then all of the crags of  Borrowdale are right on your doorstep.  If you are keen to get a taste of rock climbing but you don’t have the necessary equipment or experience, then Keswick is the Adventure Capital of England and the perfect place to give it a go.

King Kong Climbing Wall in Keswick

I popped out for lunch today and bumped into Michael Norbury, I spent a lot of time climbing with him back in my rock climbing heyday and we were lamenting that these days it seems to be all work, work, work.  Michael has got round this to a degree by setting up a company called Keswick Mountain Adventures, which provides rock climbing tuition and guiding, amongst other things.

If you are coming to stay at one of our Lake District Cottages this year and you fancy trying something a bit more adventurous than usual, then Keswick Mountain Adventures also offer guided days out scrambling and mountaineering, ghyll scrambling, canoeing, kayaking and a host of other activities. 

Canoeing on Derwentwater

Check out their website at or give them a call on 017687 77832.