Enjoy the Easter weekend in the Keswick area


If you’re heading to the Keswick area over the Easter weekend, you’ll find that there’s plenty to keep you occupied. From the year-round activities of cycling, climbing, hiking and more to specific Easter-themed activities and events for the whole family, our 4 star hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the area.

Head to the National Trust shop at the Derwentwater boat landings for a fantastic Easter trail that includes golden acorns, fairy-rings, dragons’ eggs and more, or visit the Pencil Museum for their Easter egg trail and drawing competition, with the winner taking home £100 of goodies.

At the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery there’s an Easter Crafternoon on Thursday April 2nd, as well as a family-friendly Minibeast Trail taking place over the whole of the Easter holidays.

If you’re looking for Easter activities and events outside of Keswick, head to Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth – mums and dads will enjoy exploring the brewery and sampling their beers, while the kids can be kept entertained with an Easter egg hunt, various craft activities and prizes for the best decorated eggs. Also in Cockermouth, head to Wordsworth House for eggs-plorer trails in their gardens, with chocolate eggs offered as prizes.

There’s also plenty going on at the Rheged Centre in Redhills, Penrith too. From a Beatrix Potter egg trail to the great experience of watching real live chicks hatch in an incubator, there’s plenty for the family to enjoy.

With so many special events – as well as the regular events, attractions and beauty that the Lake District has to offer – you’re sure not to be bored in Keswick over the Easter bank holiday weekend!

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Keswick to Borrowdale: a great Lake District drive

The Lake District, with its stunning natural views and scenery, boasts some of the most beautiful drives that you will find anywhere in the UK. None are more picturesque than the route between Keswick and Borrowdale. Stretching just over 10 miles and running along the very edge of Derwent Water for a time, it is a charming drive that is particularly enjoyable on a sunny day.


Along the way there are several points that deserve a stop off and one of the first that you will come across is a little spot called Surprise View. From here, you get gorgeous views of Derwent Water stretching for miles into the distance; those of you that enjoy photography will not want to miss this place.

Roughly half way along this beautiful rolling country route is a place called Watendlath, a small hamlet owned by the National Trust. Here you will find quaint cafes, a lovely old pack horse bridge and a scattering of benches where you can take in the views.

As you make your way into Borrowdale, you will cross the ancient, arched bridge over the River Derwent before you reach the centre of town. The river is generally clear and is on the shallow side, making it ideal for those who fancy a paddle.

For those that have more driving in them, the route can be extended around back to Keswick via Buttermere and Braithwaite; this route takes in Newlands Pass, an ideal place to park up and appreciate the amazing views from a vantage point that is 333m high.

So head from Keswick to Borrowdale for a beautiful Lake District drive. Why not pop in to see us and experience our fine dining which has been given AA Rosette for our Culinary Excellence. Take a look at our sample menus to get a feel for the quality of food available at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel

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Making the most of the finest ingredients from the Lake District

Here in the Lake District, we’re surrounded by a huge number of top quality local food and drink producers: small, independent businesses who offer truly outstanding produce from fish and meat to bread and dairy products. Our 4 Star hotel’s AA Rosette restaurant makes the most of the food the area has to offer, supporting local producers by serving many of these fantastic ingredients to our restaurant diners.

We source our local Herdwick lamb from Yew Tree Farm in Coniston – a farm once owned by Beatrix Potter – and our freshly baked bread from craft bakery Bryson’s of Keswick: a family-run bakery that has been in operation for almost 70 years.

As well as the hyper-local Borrowdale Fish, we also source smoked fish from Cartmel Valley Game, and fresh fish and seafood from well-known fresh fish specialist M&J Seafood: the quality of their fresh produce truly is outstanding.

The eggs that you’ll enjoy for your morning breakfasts and in our cakes and other dishes are from the local area, being supplied by Pennine Eggs, whose Lion Quality Eggs are incredibly fresh and fully traceable thanks to the code printed on the shell of every egg that they supply.

Even our coffee is local, coming from Farrers Coffee in Kendal. Kendal is also home to The Cheese Larder, who ensure that we have a great range of both British and continental cheeses to offer to our guests.

There’s no denying that the Lake District is home to far more than hiking, climbing and other sports, and is not just an area of outstanding beauty. It’s also home to a great range of local food and drink, and we’re proud to serve you some of the best.

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Scale the Lakeland peaks while staying in Kewsick!

scafell pike panorama

Among the many activities on offer while staying in our 4 star hotel, along with hiking and fell-walking and cycling, is mountain climbing.

The Lakes is a perfect place to enjoy a spot of climbing, and while some routes are fine for complete beginners, it’s always great if you can also get in some experience on an indoor wall before trying an outdoor climb.

Locally based company Womenrock offers constructive experience in this activity, in a fun, supportive environment, and helps clients focus on honing specific skills as well as gaining confidence in the mountains.

It offers highly tailored experiences, and mountain instructor Mandy Glanvill will be pleased to come to Borrowdale Gate and take your party out from the hotel to do some climbing. Group sizes tend to be small, and couples, family and other groups and individuals can all book some time to benefit from Mandy’s expertise.

We are lucky in this part of the world to have so many superb and varied climbing routes, from Brown Slabs Shepherd’s Crag, which is great as an introductory climb, to the classic Napes Needle Great Gable Crag. This is classed as a hard to strenuous climb, and there are no fewer than eight routes up, all offering an unforgettable day in the fells.

For more experienced climbers, the Central Buttress of Scafell allows you to reach higher into the fells and is a long and involved climb that takes you to high and exposed areas, so is best completed in the summer.

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Planning a romantic break? Make Borrowdale Valley your first stop

Whether it’s your anniversary, birthday or you’re just looking for a relaxing trip away, there’s a secret gem in Keswick, in the Lake District, that’s not to be missed.

Tucked away in the serenity of the Borrowdale Valley, Borrowdale Gates Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway. If you want a quiet, secluded break, you can relax by the log fires and enjoy the cuisine of our AA Rosette restaurant; we use fresh produce from local food suppliers, such as Direct Seafoods, Highgate Turkey, Peaks and Yew Tree Farm, so you will always get the best tasting, delicious meals available.

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If you’d prefer to get out and about during your trip, there are many local activities to keep you busy. Just outside the gates of the hotel is the beautiful Lake District National Park, perfect for hiking, trekking, fell-walking, and cycling. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, climbing instructor company Women Rock can come and teach you about climbing, surrounded by beautiful scenery.

A little further afield is every literary fan’s dream – Skelgill Farm, the home of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle from the classic Beatrix Potter books. 2015 marks their 110 year anniversary so it’s a day out not to be missed. If film is more your thing, you can also see where the upcoming Star Wars movie was filmed just last year.

If you or your partner are car enthusiasts, from time to time we host classic car rallies in our large car park, which are fantastic to get involved in. From Bentleys to Aston Martins, we are happy to play host to such interesting car events.

After busy days of sightseeing, you can visit the new Lake Distillery in Basenthwaite for a relaxing drink, before getting an amazing night’s sleep in one of our standard, deluxe or superior rooms, or even our sought after Millican Dalton suite.

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