Brasscam Borrowdale

Welcome to Brasscam, Borrowdale


The Borrowdale Valley and nearby

Borrowdale is a picturesque valley in the north west of the Lake District. At the northern end of the valley, there is the Vale of Keswick and the scenic Derwentwater. On the north side of the valley overlooking the lake is Cat Bells, one of the lower Lakeland fells, and subject of one episode of Julia Bradbury's Wainwright Walks. She mentions in one of her programs how Wainwright considered Borrowdale to be the nicest square mile in the Lake District.

South of Derwentwater, the first village is Grange just off the B5289, on the side of the River Derwent. It is from Grange that Julia Bradbury started her walk to Castle Crag in her first series of Wainwright Walks. Wainwright recommends this low fell for people with only a couple of hours to spare in the Lake District (but quite a strenuous two hours!)

Castle Crag also forms the western side of the gorge known as the Jaws of Borrowdale on account of its jagged tooth-like appearance in the centre of the valley. The B5289 and River Derwent squeeze through the valley at this point. Past here the valley floor opens out into a wide plain of green pastures on the southern side. In the middle of this wide open space, surrounded by fells, is the village of Rosthwaite. Although small and quiet, it is the largest village in Borrowdale, and is considered the valley's capital.

Further south, the valley forks into two directions, separated by Rosthwaite Fell and Glaramara. To the south-east, is the Langstrath Valley where Langstrath Beck and Greenup Gill join to form Stonethwaite Beck. Between Stonethwaite Beck and Rosthwaite Fell is the small picturesque village of Stonethwaite.

South-west of Rosthwaite Fell, the Borrowdale Valley continues to the village of Seatoller. Here the valley forks again to the west where the B5289 crosses the Honister Pass going down to the next valley of Buttermere, and south to the valley head high up in the fells past the hamlet of Seathwaite. This is where the streams of Grains Gill and Styhead Gill flow down from the Scafell Pike range of fells to form the River Derwent.


Walks from the Borrowdale Valley within easy striking distance of Brasscam

Castle Crag - from the Allerdale Ramble track behind High Dote, or from Grange
Scafell Pike - via Seathwaite Farm, Stockley Bridge, Sty Head and the Corridor Route
Glaramara - Allen Crags, Esk Hause, (Great End - optional), Stockley Bridge and Seathwaite
Rosthwaite Fell, Bessy Boot and Tarn at Leaves
Dale Head - over High Dote, Rigghead, Dale Head Tarn to Dale Head
Dale Head - from Honister Pass then down to Dale Head Tarn and up High Spy and Maiden Moor and down to Grange - HR
Great Gable - from Honister Pass via Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Green Gable - HR
Great Gable - from Seathwaite via Sour Milk Gill
Haystacks - from Honister Hause - HR
Seathwaite to Sty Head Walk
Watendlath - via the “Donkey Path” from Rosthwaite ***


Walks a bit further afield - accessed by car

Buttermere round walk from the Fish or Bridge Inn, Buttermere ***
Haystacks via Scarth Gap from Buttermere, returning via Fleetwith Pike
Mellbreak from the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater

HR Accessible using the Honister Rambler bus
*** Easier walk for the young and old

Learn all about “the Valley” - check out The Borrowdale Story

For full guidance on walks be sure to use a map and a Wainwright or other Guidebook


 The Borrowdale Valley and surrounds provide challenging but marvellous terrain for cycling as well as walking. The Forest Trails in the Whinlater Pass are great fun for mountain biking too.
Cycle Route NCN71 passes through Keswick.