The ‘Other’ Borrowdale

  • Unspoilt area of Lakeland
  • Beautiful valley walk
  • Easy walking on the ridge

There is a sizeable clutch of beautiful unspoilt land to the north of Kendal and sandwiched between the M6 near Tebay and the A6. It is dominated by the ‘other’ Borrowdale which cuts a deep (but wide) swathe through hills that are more reminiscent of the neighbouring Howgills than the Lakes to the west. I have looked at these fells year in year out as I sped up the M6 but never bothered to stop and investigate them more closely.

In 2012 I did without really knowing what to expect. I walked up the valley from the east expecting to make a long loop to the south but on arrival at the stepping stones near the A6 I changed plans and headed up to the rolling hills to the north which cling closely to the Borrowdale Valley. Good choice, the walking on the ridge is excellent (there is a path) and the views interesting with the M6 to be seen but surprisingly not heard. Try it.

Recommend: A political one – please extend the boundaries of the National Park to include this lovely area, it is well deserving and in review at the present time.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 602016. Just south of the bridge on the A6, 2 miles south of Tebay, there is a side road with parking 100 yards in.
Height to Climb: 408ms (1,338 feet)
Terrain: Easy bridleway on the valley floor and up to the ridge where a path winds its way to all but the final descent to the start point.
Eating & Drinking: The Cross Keys in Tebay is two miles away from the start point and a surprisingly good pub. Tebay is alright!
Similar Walks Nearby: Heights of Kendal Fell
Little known Swindale
Haweswater in drought
Places to Stay: Crake Trees Manor, nr Orton