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    Preserving the history and culture of the valley for future generations

  • Our mission

    Enhance the experience of visitors to the Borrowdale Valley and the local community by sharing the history and identity of the valley through the creation and distribution of interpretive materials and resources. We strive to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the valley and its unique character, while also supporting local businesses and encouraging participation and feedback from both visitors and residents.

  • 2024 Borrowdale Summer Social

    Join us for an unforgetable evening of live music, food and great company.

    Date: Saturday 31 August

    Time: 6:30pm - 11:00pm

    Location: The Institute

  • Borrowdale Story Exhibition Locations

    Open daily from 10 a.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

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    Grange Methodist Church

    Just over the bridge in Grange. Built in 1894.

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    St. Andrews Borrowdale Church

    Near Borrowdale School, Stonethwaite, CA12 5XG.

    A chapel of ease was dedicated at St. Andrew's Church near Stonethwaite in 1687 (although one existed as early as 1505).

  • Borrowdale Valley

    What it's known for

    The Borrowdale valley is known for its stunning natural beauty, and it's a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The valley is home to a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and picnicking.

    An outdoor enthusiasts dream

    The valley is home to a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and picnicking.

    One of the main attractions of the valley is the high fells, including Scafell Pike, which offer challenging and rewarding hiking opportunities. There are also a number of low-level crags that are easily accessible from the road, making the valley a popular spot for rock climbing. Some of the classic climbing routes in the area include Little Chamonix, Shepherd's Crag, Gillercombe Buttress, and Troutdale Pinnacle.

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    Valley Voices

    Hear the untold stories of the Lake District's most enigmatic residents. Dive deep into traditions and tales that define this majestic landscape.

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    Valley Voices

    Join us as we journey through Borrowdale and beyond, disovering the soul of the countryside through the voices of its people.

  • June-July 2024 edition of the Borrowdale News

    Latest Edition of the Borrowdale News

    Want to know what's happening in and around Borrowdale Valley. Check out the latest e-versions of the magazine.


  • Echoes of Borrowdale: Chronicles of Nature and Heritage

    Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: Celebrating Borrowdale's Legacy

    Nestled in the stunning landscape of the Lake District, the Borrowdale Valley is rich with...
    20 juin 2024 · Book,seatoller,history,Lake District,Borrowdale Valley
    Introduction to Seatoller's Past Steve Uglow's remarkable two-volume series, 'Seatoller:...
    18 juin 2024 · Podcast,Borrowdale Valley,Keswick,Community stories
    Nestled amidst the captivating landscapes of the Lake District, Borrowdale Valley is not only a...
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    Where Glaciers and Gulf Streams Meet to Create a Biodiverse Paradise

    Flora and Fauna in the valley

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  • Pencil sketch of William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth

    When William Wordsworth penned his poem about the Borrowdale Yews in 1803, he captured the essence of the area's natural beauty with references to berries, moss and the sound of water in Glaramara's inmost caves. However, he made no mention of the Seathwaite wad mine, which stands tall on the hillside where he stood.


    Though Wordsworth poem's painted a picture of the Lake District as a serene natural wonder for the early tourists, the area has been a hub of industry for thousands of years.


    Farmers, miners, quarrymen, charcoal burners, and smelters all experienced the valley in different ways.


    This duality is a crucial part of the Borrowdale Story. As you explore the area, you may come across names that hark back to area's industrial past. The paths you walk on and the buildings you stay in may be a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the people who lived and worked here.

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    2023 Borrowdale Story Calendar

    2023 Borrowdale Story Calendar

    Welcome to the 2023 Calendar of Borrowdale Valley! This calendar is the perfect way to capture the ever-changing beauty of the Valley throughout the year. Featuring 12 vibrant, full-colour photographs of the Valley, each month brings something new to admire. From the breathtaking daffodils of spring and the fiery colours of autumn, to the snow-covered fells and crystal-clear Derwent Water of winter, you can appreciate the beauty of Borrowdale Valley all year round. Get your copy of the 2023 Calendar of Borrowdale Valley today and start your year off with a stunning view!
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  • Experience the unique beauty of Sunday Mass held inside one of the UK's last working slate mines

    Honister slate mine in Borrowdale Valley has been in operation since the 1700s. The valley also has a rich religious presence, with many churches and chapels. Holding mass inside the mine combines the valley's industrial and spiritual heritage.

  • Did you know?

    Fun facts that just might come up during your next pub quiz

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