The early travel writer, Thomas West, warned tourists to view Borrowdale’s spectacular scenery at a safe distance through their Claude Glass in his 1778 publication, which certainly encouraged many people in the 18th century to visit the Borrowdale Valley.
Since then, Borrowdale’s beauty has inspired the creation of more works of visual art and literature than any other place in Britain. Not surprising, for the home of the pencil.
Today’s visitors can see those same places of inspiration and digitally capture the Lake Districts special sights, by taking The Arts Walk. This eight mile walk is a journey through three centuries of art and takes walkers to places where J.M.W. Turner and Dora Carrington painted.
For anyone interested in going on the Arts Walk, the 4 star Borrowdale Gates hotel is the perfect base as it’s close to Derwentwater’s shores. The AA Rosette Restaurant serves Herwick lamb, Waberthwaite ham, venison from the Hoker Estate, and fresh seasonal vegetables.
Nearby too, is the inspiring Dubwath Silvermeadows nature reserve, with its boardwalks and paths leading round eight hectares of special wetlands. It’s a great place for birdwatching or for something entirely different; you may want to throw caution to the wind and join the Vintage Sports Car Club ascending the Honister Pass in a vintage Bentley or Bugatti Brecia!
Wherever your passions may lead you, the Borrowdale Gates hotel is the perfect base to return to, to help you put the “relax” back into your relaxing Lake District holiday.