Getting Around With Suzis Taxiz

So you’ve booked your flight to and stay with Borrowdale Gates Hotel and are looking to spend a wonderful time in the beautiful Lake District, but there’s a problem. The nearest airport is just over 100 miles! Fear not, as Susie’s Taxis has been operating for since 2004, and offers a friendly, safe, 4×4 service that can take you from the airports at Lancaster, Manchester, Blackpool Liverpool and Newcastle to anywhere in the Lake District and across Cumbria.

They operate Keswick to Penrith, Carlisle, and also offer services to Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and Kendal. Their taxis are air-conditioned and cater for local and long-distance journeys for holidaymakers and business clients, with four to eight seats. The Baggage Transfer Service is ideal for those on walking and hiking holidays, including the Coast to Coast walk. As they themselves say, they know the Lake District better than anyone, and can pick you up from almost anywhere!

Wedding taxis and private car hires are also available, and these are all driven by women, so safety is ensured. 07961 589 003 is the number for public phones, 0800 6335746 is the Freephone number in case of loss of signal, and their Keswick Office’s number can be contacted at 017687 36369/36007. Ask for Suzi when calling. Alternatively you can visit their website at

Oh, and the taxis are dog-friendly!

The Lake District is ideal for your winter break

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. During the summer it is packed with tourists taking part in great outdoor activities like fell-walking, hiking, and trekking, but it also has so much to offer in the winter months. Here’s a couple of reasons why it makes for a great winter destination!

It looks even better in the winter

There’s no denying that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, maybe even in Europe, but what makes it really special is that it looks just as great in winter as it does in the summer months. Its striking landscapes, woodlands and of course the lakes look even more stunning under a layer of snow or covered in the oranges and reds of autumn than they do bathed in the mid-summer sun. It makes the area great for amateur photographers, too, whether you’re just snapping on your iPhone or you’re taking some more serious kit with you – you’ll be able to showcase your photography talents for your friends and family when you get back home!

You can relax in the comfort of a great hotel

Lots of people associate the Lake District with outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, and walking, and even though these are fantastic days out, they aren’t all that the area has to offer. The Lake District is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK, and at the Borrowdale Gates our 4 star hotel and AA Rosette restaurant can keep you comfortable and occupied throughout your break.

3 of the best Lake District drives

During your stay in Borrowdale Gates, what better way to traverse the gorgeous, rolling land of the Lake District than by car? There are dozens of breath-taking driving routes to take in the local area, allowing you to immerse yourself in the surroundings in complete comfort, regardless of the weather. Here are three of our favourites.

From Ambleside to Ullswater

If the words of William Wordsworth fired your imagination and brought you to the Lake District, then this is the route for you. By starting in Ambleside then driving through Keswick, before circling back through Ullswater, you can enjoy many of the legendary poet’s favourite nature spots. At 47 miles, it is a long enough journey, but with numerous lakes and mountain views along the way, there are plenty of places to stop for an enjoyable break along the route.

From Keswick to Buttermere

Our 4 star hotel is the perfect HQ if you want to take this trip, which gives you the best of what the surrounding area has to offer. You begin in Keswick and then head for the rolling Borrowdale valley. After soaking in those breath-taking environs, you can then move out to Buttermere and Newlands.

From Cockermouth to Maryport

If you really feel like going for a spin, this long but very rewarding route takes you through many of West Cumbria’s most beautiful spots. Starting in Lorton Vale and spinning out through the coast, taking in industrial, coastal and lakeside backdrops along the way, it almost like a potted history of this most thrilling of UK landscapes.

As you can see, Borrowdale Gate offers plenty for those who love to drive. To find out more about driving routes in the area, just ask our friendly reception staff.

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

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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Borrowdale Gates Driving Route

Location: The Bowder Stone car park

Famous glacial erratic stone which is about 30 feet high and estimated to be 2000 tons in weight.

Continue on to Rosthwaite village where there is a small National Trust pay and display car park. This is great walking country and the village also has some good refreshment stops.

Back on the B5289 through Rosthwaite, continue approx. 0.5 miles to the left turn for Stonethwaite which is a short way down the minor dead end road.

Quaint village in lovely setting

Return to the B5289 and turn left. After approx. 1 mile there is a left turn to the hamlet of Seathwaite which can be found approx. 1 mile along the dead end road.

Tiny hamlet of Seathwaite is enclosed by some impressive peaks. The rain gauge shows this to be the wettest inhabited place in England and holds some impressive records for rainfall totals. During the November 2009 flood, 316mm of rain was recorded here in 24hrs, a UK record. Graphite was discovered in the valley in the 16th century and this was eventually mined and used at the original Pencil Factory in Keswick.

Go back to the B5289 and turn left and then enter village of Seatoller, which is another attractive small village which is mainly used as a centre for walking. This marks the end of the Borrowdale valley before the road climbs steeply up the Honister Pass.

The road quickly becomes narrow and very steep for almost a mile until the gradient eases and there is another 0.5 mile steady climb before the summit of Honister Pass at 356m.

Honister Slate Mine is at the summit where this famous old mine is still producing slate today, with plenty of visitor attractions, including gift shop, showroom, café and mine tours. The mine is open all year apart from early January.

Go over the summit and start descending towards Buttermere. Again steep and narrow, the road is hemmed in by some very impressive peaks but soon descends to the more open valley floor and follows the pleasing river along Gatesgarthdale.

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Continue along the B5289 which soon follows the shore of Buttermere lake and after roughly 2 miles, you reach Buttermere village in a postcard setting setting between Buttermere lake and Crummock Water. The village has a couple of notable refreshment stops and it is worth taking the half mile walk to either lake to admire the views.

From Buttermere, turn right to retrace your steps for a very short distance on the B5289. The Newlands Pass road junction is up the short steep hill, just past the small attractive church on the left. Take the Newlands road which climbs quite steeply away from Buttermere. The road is a little narrow and steep in places but well made and the climb to Newlands Pass is quite straightforward.
The summit of the Pass is known as Newlands Hause and at 333m altitude it provides a good place to park and admire the views. A short distance to the south can be seen the impressive Moss Beck waterfall.

From Newlands Hause, the descent is long and steady down Newlands valley. This is a lovely valley, the birth place of Mrs Tiggy Wingle (re Beatrix Potter) towards Braithwaite Village, a relatively quiet village set at the foot of some impressive hills, just off the main A66 road.

Leave Braithwaite on the B5292 towards Keswick and shortly meet the main A66. Turn right towards Keswick. After approx. 1 mile, turn right on the B5289 and after 1 more mile, this road approaches the centre of Keswick.

A little way out of the town centre, this area next to Derwent Water, where you can explore the lake either by boat or the footpath which runs right around the lake. It is definitely worth walking the short distance to Friar’s Crag which offers beautiful views down the lake. The popular Theatre by the Lake is also here which has its own facilities.

Return to the B5289 roundabout and turn right then shortly right again at the next roundabout towards Borrowdale. Continue for approx. 1 mile to Great Wood car park on the left.

Directly across the road from Great Wood car park, a short footpath leads to the picturesque Calfclose Bay with a lake shore footpath and shingle beaches.

Continue along the B5289 towards Borrowdale. The road follows the lake and after approx. 0.5 miles there is a left turn signposted to Ashness Bridge and Watendlath. If you take this left, the dead end road is single track with passing places, steep and windy in places but the attractions along this road are well worth visiting. Continue up hill for approx. 0.5 miles to Ashness Bridge.

Ashness Bridge is a famous old packhorse bridge with an open riverbank area upstream from where you can admire one of the most photographed views in the Lakes.

Continue up the minor road towards Watendlath to a car park for Surprise View.
The surprise might be that Derwent Water is hidden from the road by trees until you reach this point so the view is quite unexpected. Beware of steep drops from viewpoint.

The minor road continues to wind up through the trees but shortly becomes more level and leaves the trees behind to pass along the scenic valley floor. Eventually, the hamlet of Watendlath is reached.

Watendlath is a picturesque hamlet and tarn owned by the National Trust and located at the head of a remote high valley.

Retrace your steps all the way back down the Watendlath road to the B5289 Borrowdale Road and turn left towards Borrowdale.

Continue on to Kettlewell Car Park if you want to see the Lodore Falls waterfall. The falls are where Watendlath Beck cascades down to the lake from the high valley above.

Back on the B5289, continue along the road for a short distance before it comes alongside the River Derwent on the right and you see a double arched bridge over the river. Cross this bridge to enter the village of Grange in Borrowdale and back to the Borrowdale Gates Hotel.

Pop in for a drink

Why not pop in for a drink and see what the Borrowdale Gates Hotel has to offer.