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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What Others Said...

Teide plateau walk was great - amazing scenery Guajara walk was amazing although I did struggle with the altitude-Tom very kindly carried my sac up the last bit.I wouldnt have missed it. Last walk-leaders took into account weather forecast, the fact that we were rather tired and came up with a very interesting and enjoyable walk through the lava fields with some amazing scenery. Leadership was excellent--its not often you come across leaders with such a wealth of experience- I have been around mountaineers most of my llfe so could appreciate it. Overall the holiday was fantastic ,the group were great and we had lots of laughs- when i am having a bad day i will think of this holiday and the amazing company. Hope to do another of your holidays and will make sure all the different people I walk with know about your company and what a great time I have had. good luck in Portugal and take care' Liz geary

Liz Geary Tenerife 2018

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