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Walkers Welcome at The Royal Oak Hotel – Borrowdale


 The Royal Oak is a very Walkers Welcome hotel and we’re proud to have qualified for our
Cumbria Tourism – Walkers Welcome Award.

The hotel is run by a keen walker with extensive knowledge of  The Lake District fells. We’re always happy to offer advice with route planning and have a selection of maps and guides available to borrow on request. If fell walking is your passion, you’ll struggle to find friendlier or better placed accommodation.

The Borrowdale Valley

 The upper Borrowdale Valley has been attracting walkers ever since it was “discovered” and popularised by the Lake District Poets,
such as Coleridge, Southey and of course Wordsworth.

“Who sees them in their summer hour,
Sees but their beauty half and knows not half their power” – Southey
“I weary for the fountain foaming,
For shady holm and hill,
My mind is on the mountain roaming,
My spirit’s voice is still.” – Ruskin

Alfred Wainwright – famous for his meticulous hand drawn pictorial guides reckoned that “The Jaws of Borrowdale” formed the most beautiful square mile in the whole of The Lake District. He made sure that his long distance path – The Coast to Coast walk spent a night in the Shangri La of Rosthwaite. Another long distant path also stops in Rosthwaite – The Cumbrian Way – this climbs over  Stake Pass  from Langdale and descends the most Glen like valley of Langstrath en-route for Keswick. Increasingly popular is The Inn Way where thirsty walkers stop for a pint or two of local beer en route between Ambleside and Braithwaite.


“Only a hill; but all of life to me,
up there, between the sunset and the sea.”  – G W Young.

Most visitors will want to explore the fells that surround the valley. Either tackling the challenges of Great Gable, Scafell Pike, and Glaramara or seeking out more moderate hills like Castle Crag, Kings How or High Spy. For those whose high fell days are over – memories can be rekindled with  gentle strolls along Stonethwaite Beck and the shores of Derwentwater. The Atlantic Oak woodlands and curiosities like “The Bowder Stone” are also there to be enjoyed.

If you are new to the area you may wish to buy or borrow from your local library the following guide books:

Alfred Wainwright – Pictorial Guides to The Lake District

The Guide Books of John & Anne Nuttall. – occasional guests of ours!

The Lakeland Fells – FRCC      On Lower Lakeland Fells – Bob Allen

Complete Lakeland Fells – Bill Birkett

The following are challenging walks – some passing through and spending only one night – others best enjoyed during a longer stay.

The Coast to Coast  The Allerdale Ramble
The Cumbrian Way The Four Three’s
The Inn Way The Three Peaks
The Wordsworth Way Scafell Pike

Mad about Mountains – whet your appetite for our local fells with a look at these recent pictures.

 BBC Weather Forecast for the next five days

Lake District Mountain Weather

Mountain Safety

If you can find better links on these subjects please email them to us and if we use your link we’ll buy you a drink – should you choose to stay with us!