North West

Borrowdale, Cumbria

  • Distance

    8 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 37.5 times

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    May be wet and muddy, rocky

  • OS grid reference


  • Calories burned


    Enough for a rewarding bacon sandwich

Route Info

This walk will take you over and across Derwentwater, the ‘jewel of the Lake District’. Pick up the path from the car park and begin your ascent through the woods, with the giant Walla Crag cliff looming above.

Climbing up the summit of Walla Crag, you can absorb the magnificent views overlooking the tranquil lake. On a good day you can even make out the Solway Firth and the hills of Galloway in Scotland.

Dropping down the mountain, you then walk over the picturesque Ashness bridge, with the Derwent Water and Skiddaw providing a breathtaking backdrop – a particular favourite of pioneering photographers, the Abraham brothers.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Daysack
  • Snacks that can be stored in pockets
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Abraham brothers and bring your camera

Did you know?

Borrowdale is home to a thriving population of red squirrels

Route Highlight

It would be hard to miss Walla Crag – one of a series of imposing volcanic rocks that form the jagged "Jaws of Borrowdale"

Where to stop

Try some local Herdwick lamb at the Flock Inn, in Rosthwaite