Things to do nearby Bell Crags

Borrowdale is one of the most stunning valleys in the Lake District and from Bell Crags you can enjoy unparalleled access to the fell walking on offer in Borrowdale. There is varied walking beyond compare - from the most family friendly fell of Catbells to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.

Bell Crags is perfectly situated for setting out on foot to enjoy all the delights that the valley has to offer - the beautiful Derwentwater, lush valleys, majestic peaks, mature woodlands and the gorgeous river Derwent winding a route from its source high up at Styhead Tarn. Borrowdale really is prime walking country with routes to satisfy everyone from all day monsters to gentle rambles along the valley floor.

The Borrowdale Rambler bus service stops 100 yards from the cottage, and between Easter and October, the Honister Rambler passes by, climbing the intimidating Honister Pass. The bus service is a handy way to explore the valley by hoping on and off where you like, and for doing linear walks.

Borrowdale is famed not just for fell walking, but also for some classic rock climbing routes and scrambling opportunities. You can cycle on road through the valley and over one of the toughest passes at Honister, or go off road on the bridleways for some more adventurous biking. At the southern tip of Derwentwater you can hire all manner of boats for adventures on the lake from Platty+.

Alfred Wainwright described Borrowdale as containing the loveliest square mile in Lakeland and it is hard to disagree with him.  The area containing Castle Crag and Kings How were said to be of special significance and for a man who knew Lakeland so intimately, his description is quite an accolade. "It contains no high mountain, no lake, no famous crag, no tarn, but in the author's humble submission it encloses the loveliest square mile in England - the jaws of Borrowdale."

Despite being only around 8 miles in length, there are quite a few places to grab a bite to eat in Borrowdale. We have a comprehensive guide (and have tested nearly all of them!) to the pubs, cafes and hotels. To read more click here

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