The Borrowdale Royal Oak Hotel*** • Royal Oak Hotel, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria,, CA12 5XB. Rosthwaite (United Kingdom) • Tel.: (017687) 77214 • Email


Rosthwaite is the principal settlement in the southern half of Borrowdale.

A picturesque hamlet within sight of what AW Wainwright described as “the most beautiful square mile in all of Lakeland.”


The pretty and principle hamlet in the upper Borrowdale Valley is surrounded by craggy and colourful fells, mantled on their lower slopes by mixed oak woodlands. The village stands at the centre of the flat valley floor, between Stonethwaite and Derwent becks.

So attractive is the area that HRH Prince Charles chose to stay here to encourage tourists back to The Lake District after the disaster of Foot & Mouth.


Truly stupendous scenery – a Shangri La of tranquillity beyond the normal frantic pace of modern life. Annual Fell-races and Shepherds Meets continue local cultural traditions. With school, church and pub; the focal points of local life remain & retain the threads of a cherished rural community.


Sunday Times readers voted Keswick number one in its Rural Weekend Break survey and it was also voted the most dog friendly place in England. In the midst of breathtaking scenery, Keswick and Borrowdale offer all the ingredients for a great holiday. If one area could be said to characterise the Lake District it surely must be Borrowdale. The whole valley is an area of stunning natural beauty, with crags & mountains, wooded fell-sides, tumbling streams and tranquil waters. What you see today has evolved over time – the legacy of man coming to terms with a remote mountainous region. The stone walls and farming hamlets, the coppiced woodland and quarry workings testament to his endeavours to tame such a wild landscape.

Sir Chris Bonnington describes Keswick :

“I’m always amazed by just how lovely this area is. It’s the incredible range of scenery, of hills and crags and lakes; the subtlety of colour tones and textures; the amazing harmony between natural beauty and the work of man… …There is nowhere more beautiful”

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How To Find Us:

  Driving: From the M6 at Junction 40 take the A66 westwards towards Keswick, exit at the large roundabout (junction with the A591) and follow signs for “Borrowdale'' onto the B5289. The valley road leads south along the eastern shores of Derwentwater and twists through “The Jaws” into the upper valley. Rosthwaite is six miles (10km) from Keswick. We are the first hotel on the left hand side just after entering the village. If you have a SATNAV our postcode is: CA12 5XB and our Grid Reference is: NY 259 149.

  Rail: Our nearest rail station is at Penrith with connection north & south via Virgin Trains and to Manchester Airport via Transpennine. To plan a train journey & buy tickets visit

  Car Hire: The easiest option for rail plus car hire is with Ullswater Road Garage 500m from the station with collection & returns until 8pm weekends 10pm midweek

  Bus: Rosthwaite is served from Keswick by the Number 78 and Penrith to Keswick by the X5 Services. For links to up-to-date transport links please link via here

  Taxis: Negotiate a deal with Davies Taxis of Keswick Tel: 01768 772 676

The Borrowdale Royal Oak Hotel***
Royal Oak Hotel, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5XB Rosthwaite (United Kingdom)
Tel.:(017687) 77214, Email
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