Explore the origins of Borrowdale on this geological walk from Grange to Castle Crag. The area was described by the renowned fell-walker and author Alfred Wainwright as ’the finest square mile in Lakeland’.
Borger Dalr - old Norse for Valley of the Fort
The Borger Dalr walk takes in some of central Lakeland's hidden gems, amongst them Peace How - bought for the nation in 1917 as a rest and recuperation spot for soldiers returning from the front lines of World War I. Dalt Quarry also provides a spot of great interest and beauty with its incredible colours in the rock face and recently developed wetland habitat. If weather permits (and your legs are still up to the task) then a climb to the summit of Castle Crag offers exceptional views of the surrounding valleys.
You can download the Borger Dalr walk on PDF here.
How to get here:
By bike: B5289 from Keswick to Borrowdale
By bus: Regular Stagecoach bus services 77 and 77a from Keswick
By train: Penrith is the nearest station, 23 miles (37km) away
By car: From Keswick on the B5289 road to Borrowdale
As a ranger I work mainly in the valleys of the northern part of the Lake District and I look after the human part of the landscape; things like walls, hedges and the like. I've been doing this for a very long time, driven by an extraordinary passion for the landscape of Lakeland(the finest corner of England) and Borrowdale in particular (the finest corner of the Lakes). I'm really fascinated by history in the landscape, the sense of human roots in this boney land. I've also got a bit of an obsession with cartography...