The English Lake District - Borrowdale - Langdale Walking Holidays

Join us for a unique weekend exploring the northern valleys of the English Lake District, featuring invigorating guided walks through beautiful Lake District scenery, including Haystacks and Catbells. Our base is the delightful 4-star Borrowdale Hotel located on the shores of Derwentwater, a stone’s throw away from the iconic town of Keswick.

  • Learn about the local history and folk law
  • Three dinner parties in the hotel’s Michelin rated restaurant
  •  Spectacular autumn scenery
  • Experience Alfred Wainwright’s favoured peak
  • 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Learn about the unique geology to the area
  • Enjoy the views of two of England’s finest valleys (Borrowdale & Buttermere)

Once the focal point for local mining operations, today Borrowdale is renowned as a climber's and walker's paradise as well as the gateway to the highest mountain range in England, the Scafell Massif. Alfred Wainwright wrote extensively about the valley in his guide books, describing it as the “loveliest square mile in Lakeland.”

The Borrowdale Valley sits within the boundaries of the old historical Cumberland county, with the River Derwent creating the focal point of the valley as it runs from the central Lakeland fells from its origins at the Scafell Massif into Derwent Water,with Catbells and Walla Crag overlooking.

As early as 1500, mining dominated the economy with rich graphite deposits found - bringing the birth of the pencil industries. As well as slate veins found in the valley these have all added to the rich mining history that is open to exploration in the area.

Walking Grade: Grade: Moderate

Day 1: Friday 6th September: Travel and Short Lodore Falls Walk

Arrive at your leisure. Rooms will be available from 3.00pm

Meet in the lobby at 3.30pm for a short walk to view Lodore Falls, a lovely walk of about a mile through ancient woodlands to stunning waterfalls.

Meet in the lounge at 7:00pm for a welcome reception followed by dinner in the hotel at 7:30pm

Accommodation: The Borrowdale Hotel

Meals: Dinner,

Day 2: Saturday 7th September: Catbells Guided Walk

After a traditional Lakeland breakfast we meet in the lobby at 9:00am where we join our guide for the day’s walk.

We travel by boat across Derwentwater to the start point for the walk and after a short climb along with pauses to enjoy spectacular views over the lake and surrounding fells we will find ourselves on the summit the majestic Catbells giving us breathtaking views over the northern Lake District. Our decent will take us over the Catbells ridge as we follow part of the Cumbria Way (a classic 119km walking route) takes us back along the shores of Derwentwater where we take the boat for the return crossing.

Walking: Grade Moderate. Around 8 miles. 6 hours.This walk can be extended depending on the level of fitness and/or the desires of the group.

Accommodation: The Borrowdale Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 3: Sunday 8th September: Haystacks Guided Walk

After breakfast in the hotel we meet in the lobby at 9:00am and drive over Honister Pass to the start point of our walk, the Honister Slate Mine. From here we begin our ascent of Haystacks. Using the old mine infrastructure we follow the old locomotive track to the mining hut known as Dubbs Hut where you be able to see great views of Buttermere, before moving on to the summit of Haystacks, Alfred Wainwrights favoured fell, with a 360 degree views over the North and Western fells.

On our decent we pop in to see the hidden bothy “Warnscale Hut” an idyllic little hut hidden in the side of the mountain with perfect photo opportunities and plenty of character to inspire the imagination.

After the descend we have a chance to view the slate works at Honister and visit the gift shop to see the unique worked slate products only found in this valley.

Walking: Grade Moderate. Around 6 miles. 5 hours. This walk can be extended depending on the level of fitness and/or the desires of the group.

Accommodation: The Borrowdale Hotel

Day 4: Monday 9th September: Return Home

After breakfast in the hotel it is time to go home after a weekend of walking and exploration in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and surrounding fells.

Meals: Breakfast,

Our Lake District Holiday Hotel

The Borrowdale Gates Country House Hotel

Located at the end of the
Borrowdale Valley, a short scenic
drive along the shore of Derwentwater
from Keswick to one of the finest places to stay for unrestricted views of the dramatic fells and wide, open landscape of the Lake District.

Inside you'll find a cosy, well appointed interior, with open log fires and contemporary bedrooms - a warm, welcoming place to come back to after a day's spent out in the Autumnal Lakeland scenery.

Availability Status: Available To Book

Option Price p.p Notes
Price per person £595 Sharing a twin or double room
Single supplement £55 Occupying a Deluxe Room
Single person supplement occupying a Single room No Extra Charge Limited Availability

The Standard Price Includes

  • Three nights luxury hotel accommodation with full facilities
  • Meals (as shown in itinerary)
  • Welcome reception
  • Guided walking programme accompanied by an expert guide

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to Guides, which are optional

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

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Useful Information

Currency: Sterling (GBP). £1 will get you (roughly) 1.15 Euros or 1.33 US Dollar, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Cumbria being £2.48. USD may be accepted in some restaurants and hotels and Visa and MasterCard are acceptable, though few places will accept AmEx. Foreign currency can be easily and readily exchanged at banks, exchange specialists, post offices and even some larger supermarkets.

Timezone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Borrowdale offers a range of routes to suit most capabilities, and within our planned itinerary you will find opportunities for your group to step back and ease off, or in fact follow the path further, with the support of your expert guide. . You'll find the experience much more enjoyable if you can tackle each section of the path with ease, and as such, we advise that all our walkers do some slightly longer-distance walks prior to the departure date.

What to Wear in Borrowdale: The North-west of England can bring unpredictable changes in water, and bringing waterproof wear in your day-pack is strongly recommended.

Power Plugs and Sockets in the UK: Great Britain uses the British three-pin plug exclusively, travellers from overseas will need to bring an adaptor.

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