From above the shores of Derwentwater, Borrowdale presents an impressive picture – high peaks reflected in the lovely lake. The valley is a paradise for walkers, with low and high routes to suit all tastes. It’s a playground for rock climbers too. Even if you don’t climb, spare a few minutes to see what appear to be unclimbable rock faces being overcome. Shepherd’s Crag is very accessible and also makes a great spot for a picnic.
The Prince of Wales loves the valley and has stayed at Yew Tree Farm a number of times – but there are so many good places to stay, from hotels to B&Bs;, that it’s easy to discover your own very special piece of Borrowdale. Here are some more delights: the wooded stretch of the River Derwent near Grange; visiting the massive Bowder Stone or working your way up a winding path through trees to arrive unexpectedly at Surprise View – and yes, the view is sensational. One of the best ways to get around is by bus, with regular services running throughout the valley – or by launch, with plenty of stops around the lake.