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

Fine Dining Menu