Things to do nearby Borrowdale View
Borrowdale View is the ideal place for a group of you to stay. It is right in the centre of things, allowing you to either enjoy town life, or to get out into the great outdoors.
The town of Keswick has a friendly feel to it. It’ll take you ten minutes to be right in the centre of things from Borrowdale View. There are shops, cafes, restaurants, a Saturday market and a Thursday market. There is an indoor climbing wall and caving centre (with hard play for the kids). The cinema shows various World Films as well as up to the moment blockbusters. There is a theatre with year round performances.
Derwentwater Lake is just a 25 minute walk from Borrowdale View and is beautiful. Here you can hire rowing boats or have a trip round the lake on the Keswick launch (you can hop off and explore different lakeshore walks before hopping back on again).
To get to Derwentwater, you will walk through Hope Park with its pitch and putt golfing. For a more professional golf setting, visit Keswick Golf Course at Threlkeld (5 minutes by car).
From Derwentwater there are lots of beautiful walks – you can even walk right round the lake (10 miles), stopping off a one of the Borrowdale pubs for your lunch halfway round. Or take a picnic and spend a few hours just messing about by the lake.
There are plenty of mountains to climb. Nearby is Catbells (small and sweet with fantastic views, a good one to go on with kids), the Coledale Horseshoe (a ridge walk – just fantastic), Skiddaw (one of the Lake District’s highest mountains) and good old Blencathra (don’t go the Sharp Edge way unless you are super fit and super confident outdoors). Latrigg is a lovely hill, again with fantastic views. It’s handy for Borrowdale View - just a five minute walk to get to the bottom of it, through Spooney Green.
If you like mountain biking, then visit Whinlatter. You can hire bikes or take your own. There is also a Go-Ape high ropes course here. And if you have children with you, then there is a fabulous adventure playground which is free (but you do need to pay for parking).
For water based activities look no further than Nichol Marina in Portinscale where you can have tuition in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Or Platty-Plus in Borrowdale where you can try out Dragon boating (carries groups of up to 20 people), Viking boating or good old fashioned canoeing.
If you go further down Borrowdale, you will get to Honister Pass and Honister Mine. Try out one of their mine tours. Or if you’re feeling brave, experience their via ferrata or the bridge of infiniti (so called because you can’t see the other end of it strung across the high gorge).
If you continue over Honister you will get to Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater beyond. All beautiful small lakes with fabulous walks. The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is a pub with a view that has won lots of awards.