Driving Directions

From the M6

Leave the motorway at junction 40, A66 Penrith. Follow the A66 west towards Workington and the west/north lakes, and proceed to Keswick.

At Keswick, take the second exit. Turn left at the T junction, then right at the 1st mini roundabout. Follow the signs for the B5289 towards Borrowdale out of the town centre, going straight on at the next roundabout then right at the following roundabout. After about 4 miles, turn right over the bridge into Grange. Follow the road through the village and continue along for about another ¾ mile. You will pass Manesty cottages on the left and then a caravan site on the right. Shortly afterwards on the left, you will see a wooden sign on a tree with the name ‘Scalethorns’ on. Turn sharp left into the driveway and Fellside is at the very top.

 

Option 2

Continue along the A66 after the turnings for Keswick. Take the next turning (left) signposted to Portinscale and Grange. Follow this road for approximately 3½ miles through Portinscale, past the Derwent Water Marina, then continue towards Grange. After Brackenburn Lodge on the right, you will see a wooden sign on a tree with the name ‘Scalethorns’ on. Turn right into the driveway and Fellside is at the very top.

The cottages can be seen on the right. Garden Cottage is the middle cottage and The Coach House is the one at the far end. Parking is on the gravelled area next to the cottages for The Coach House and in the half circle to the left of the driveway for Garden Cottage (by all means load/unload in front of the cottage).

Things to do

There are lots of things to do in the North Lake District near the Stay in Borrowdale properties. The Coach House and Garden Cottage are near the River Derwent and Derwent Water, and are surrounded by fells on all sides. Many guests enjoy walking onto the fells straight from the door – no need to get in the car. The near-by market town of Keswick which has many tourist attractions and shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés. The Tourist Information Centre in the market square offers help, advice and more ideas. A good source of information is the Keswick Tourist Association website. For a list of our favourite things to do and recommended family walks, please click on sections below:

Some of our Favourites

Alhambra Cinema
017687 72195, the latest releases and more, preceded/followed by Fish and Chips in the Old Keswickian in the Market Square.
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Honister Slate Mine
The tour is a great idea for a wet day. Book ahead, 017687 77230.
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Keswick Launch
017687 72263, a good way to get round the lake to begin a walk, or an alternative way to visit the town for a wonder round and a game of Crazy golf in Hope Park.
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Keswick Leisure Pool
It has a slide and a wave machine too! 017687 72760.
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Platty Plus
Based at the launch landing stage opposite the Lodore hotel. Rent a Canadian Canoe, pack a picnic on board and paddle around the lake, 017687 77282.
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Theatre by the Lake
Full and varied program of productions, 017687 74411.
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Whinlatter Forest
Lovely forest walks. View the Osprey nest in summer via the live video in the visitor centre, 017687 78496. Super café. The Osprey viewpoint is in Dodd wood, long the Carlisle road opposite Mire House.
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Mountain bike hire is available and Go Ape! now have a course – we haven’t tried it yet but have been on others, great fun, needs booking, allow plenty of time to get round the course, 0845 643 9215.
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Family Walks

  • Catbells, and back along the lake shore – or go the other way and extend to Maiden Moor.
  • Over the hills from Grange to Rosthwaite including superb views from Castle Crag if you wish, to ‘The Flock-In’ for a sticky cake or pasty, and back along the river.
  • Along the duck boards by the lake and over the ‘Chinese bridge’ towards the Lodore.
  • Watendlath (don’t let the birds eat all your rock cake at the café) to Rosthwaite and back to Grange for an ice cream.
  • Walla Crag – take the bus up to Keswick and walk back down the valley.
  • Around Buttermere at all times of the year.
  • Scafell Pike – if you’re feeling up to it, or maybe just part way up, round the tarn and back down to Seathwaite.

Or simply paddle in the river at Grange Bridge or Hollows Farm campsite!

Have fun!

Local Attractions

Water Sports

Nature Walks

Cafes

Wild Life

Restaurants

Cycling

Borrowdale

Borrowdale is a beautiful, scenic part of the Lake District lying to the south of the town of Keswick, adjacent to lake Derwent Water. There is much to do in this splendid area including walking, cycling and water sports in addition to many interesting places to visit. The popular village of Grange, with its well known bridge and riverside café, is one of a number of picturesque villages. The popular fells of Castle Crag, Walla Crag and Catbells can all be easily accessed, with Scafell and Great End at the end of the valley. The market town of Keswick is approximately 15 minutes drive away and has plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants, it’s own museum, brewery, and entertainment including a cinema and theatre. The climbing centre, leisure pool and parks, to name a few, provide further exciting activities.