Borrowdale Gates Hotel
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From our doorstep, there are so many places to explore in any weather.

Classic car enthusiasts are drawn here to some of the most scenic driving routes in the country. The quiet open roads of the North West Lakes and Cumbrian West Coast are a big attraction, with secluded parking available at the hotel. Special deals on classic car hire can be arranged through a local firm.

The Lake District’s first ever wetland nature reserve is at Bassenthwaite Lake (10 miles), famous as the nesting place of the magnificent Ospreys each year.

Also, why not pop into the Lakes distillery, close to Bassenthwaite, for a distillery tour of some award winning brands of whiskey, gin and vodka.

Before taking on Shepherd’s Crag, why not try out the Keswick climbing wall first? Or just up the road, Honister Slate Mine offers a Via Ferrata route as well as mine tour to watch slate splitting that has changed little in 300 years.

Links to the great poets and adventure playground can be found at Mirehouse Historic House & Gardens (9miles). Or visit the birthplace of William Wordsworth in Cockermouth and look round his family home at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, next to the Wordsworth Museum (18 miles).

For Beatrix Potter fans, the neighbouring Newlands Valley is home to Mrs. Tiggy Winkle and the area in general has close links to Beatrix Potter’s life.

Or find out how real ales are created at Jennings Brewery (16 miles) as well as the Microbrewery of Keswick Brewing Company (5 miles).

The area offers a wide selection of hikes of all levels, direct from the hotel doorstep, so you can leave your car behind. For rock climbing enthusiasts, there is a good choice of climbing sites nearby. Just mention when booking if you would like to book a session with a local Mountain Instructor.