Borrowdale arboretum

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Nature 'wows'

This quiet Arboretum lies in the valley of Borrowdale, on the shores of Derwentwater. Here you can take a gentle walk through a wonderful mixed woodland, made up of Western Red Cedar, California Redwood, Chinese Incense Cedar, Cutt Leaf Beech and Brewers Weeping Spruce, amongst other more common trees. Throughout your visit you are surrounded by the calls of a huge variety of birds and the sound of water babbling in the nearby beck. Within the Arboretum you can find lovely pieces of carved slate, useful as a picnic table and bench. These are great places to stop and have a picnic in the wildness of Borrowdale, taking in the view of Derwentwater and the iconic ridge of Catbells in the distance.

The Walk to Borrowdale Arboretum

Take the footpath from Kettlewell car park north along the lake side running parallel with the road to Keswick. On the lake shore pass through the gate and take the path that then bears right towards a gate onto the road. Cross the road and enter the Arboretum through the gate opposite. Once in the arboretum you can explore the winding footpaths through the trees. Optional walk to Ashness bridge: follow the path that bears off to the right, it is a steep climb. Follow this path for about 15 minutes to get to Ashness Bridge.

Further Information

Planning your visit:

In Keswick: you will find a wide variety of hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants. The Tourist Information Centre is located at the Moot Hall in the town centre. The nearest toilets are located in Keswick next to The Theatre by the Lake and at Lodore Falls. Petrol stations can also be found in Keswick..

How to get here:

From Keswick: Take the Borrowdale Road (B5289)south out of Keswick. Follow this road for a couple of miles, Kettlewell car park is on your right hand side. It is the only car park with direct access to the lake shore.

By Jack Deane

Estate Ranger for the North Lakes Borrowdale. I enjoy working in the lakes because of the dramatic landscape that surrounds you. Also every day is different.

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How to get here

Kettlewell Car Park, Borrowdale

Keswick CA12 5

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 266 195

Get Directions

By Bus: From Keswick take the 77, 77A or 78 to Grange. By Boat: The Keswick Launch can take you as far as Lodore. From there it’s a 20 minute walk along north along the permissive footpath which runs parallel to the road to the Kettlewell Car Park.

Bus Timetable:
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Keswick Launch:
Telephone: 017687 72263