Borrowdale is the fitting place for those who want a leisurely holiday as well as those who want the high adventure of the fells and crags.


The Lake District offers some of the finest walking in England with routes up Skiddaw, Great Gable, High Stile and Scafell Pike all starting close to Leathes Cottage. Paths through the fields, valleys and along the shores of the lakes are also abundant and the combinations are numerous. Regular buses run throughout the valley to Keswick and into neighbouring Buttermere during the day, so if you wish you can leave the car behind.


Borrowdale is packed with crags suitable for every level. Popular Shepherd’s Crag is only ten minutes walk away, and the imposing Black Crag looks down on the cottage from the ridge behind. For children and beginners, Wodens Face near the Bowderstone provides some easy single pitch routes, whilst the testing problems of the Bowderstone itself and the test pieces of Goat Crag are just thirty minutes on foot from Leathes Cottage.


A multitude of routes can either start from, or just potter through Borrowdale. The Sustrans Coast to Coast off-road cycle route passes through Keswick four miles to the North, and whilst the Valley can be cycled on undulating roads, if you want to test your legs, the 3 mile on-road or off-road pull up the Honistor Pass will reward you with beautiful views down to Buttermere and Crummock Water, as well as a high speed descent down the other side!


Down by the lake, kayaks and canoes can be hired from the nearby launch jetty, and your own dinghies and yachts can be launched a little further along at the Kettlewell public beach.

Enjoy a lake cruise on one of the Keswick Launches and experience the beauty of Derwentwater with breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. Take the 50 minute round boat trip or hop on and off at one of the eight jetties en-route and take a lakeland walk via well-marked paths to famous landmarks.


Evenings can be spent in one of the restaurants in the valley, a couple of which are in walking distance of Leathes Cottage. There are also numerous places to eat in the nearby town of Keswick. Alternatively, enjoy one of the many professional productions at Keswick’s Theatre By The Lake.

Further Afield

For those who wish to venture further afield, days trips can be taken to Cockermouth, the South Lakes, the market town of Penrith, the Cumbrian coast, Carlisle, the Eden Valley, Mirehouse and the IMAX cinema at Rheged Visitor Centre.

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