Northern Lakes and Borrowdale

The Northern Lakes - big mountains and glorious lakes- but walking at it's finest. This holiday p[rovides a contrast to the SouthernLakes holidays we run from Ambleside, the terrain is perhaps wilder, but the walking on a magnificent network of paths is stunning.

 

We base this holiday in Borrowdale, a quiet, green valley leading to super walking opportunities.

 

 

 

 

The Northern region of the English Lake District National Park is not only an area of outstanding natural beauty. With lakes, mountains, delightful small towns, villages and hamlets set amongst magnificent landscape this is somewhere to escape from the pressures of modern living. Visitors to this area come for may different reasons, some simply enjoy looking at the scenery, some will paint or use camaras to capture the views, while others will walk the valleys and climb the fells.

It is hard to believe that the Borrowdale valley, now part of the National Park, was once a hive of industrial activity with iron smelting, charcoal burning, and mining for copper and graphite.  Scattered hamlets reflect the Nordic influence in their names, while stone walls and vernacular buildings chronicle centuries of farming.  Today farming struggles to make a living and visitors play an important role in sustaining the local community.

Leading south from Derwent water, Borrowdale is surrounded by rugged crags, inviting fells, old mine workings and wooded valleys with clean rivers.  The fine sessile oak woodlands are of particular ecological interest, and the damp, western climate supports internationally important lichens, mosses and insects.

Keswick, situated between the huge bulk of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater, has become the major centre for tourism in the northern Lake District.  This pretty market town offer a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference, and boating trips around lake Derwentwater.  

 

The Borrowdale Valley - It is hard to believe that this valley, now part of the National Park, was once a hive of industrial activity with iron smelting, charcoal burning, and mining for copper and graphite.  Scattered hamlets reflect the Nordic influence in their names, while stone walls and vernacular buildings chronicle centuries of farming.  Today farming struggles to make a living Leading south from Derwent water, Borrowdale is surrounded by rugged crags, inviting fells, old mine workings and wooded valleys with clean rivers.  The fine sessile oak woodlands are of particular ecological interest, and the damp, western climate supports internationally important lichens, mosses and insects.  An alder woodland and marsh along the shores of Derwentwater provide an ideal nesting site for wildfowl and waders and visitors play an important role in sustaining the local community.

 

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Alan,   Please would you pass on my thanks and appreciation to all your wonderful team of leaders and back-markers. I know that all the Bristol Ramblers group would wish to join me in this.   We all enjoyed superb walking in relaxed and knowledgable company. In short, our time with you was everything (and more) that the brochure said !   Jean and I were particularly appreciative of Trevor and Juile guiding just the two of us on such a superb walk over the Long Mynd. It was the perfect way in which to end our week !   Many thanks to you all. If you can all face the prospect, I feel sure you will be seeing our group again, in one place or another.   Best wishes,   Margaret Ruse.

Margaret

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