Borrowdale, Westmorland

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Coordinates: 54°25′12″N 2°39′54″W / 54.42°N 2.665°W / 54.42; -2.665

Borrowdale (Westmorland) from the slopes of Grayrigg Forest

Borrowdale is a valley in the English Lake District.[1][2] It is located in the old county of Westmorland, and is sometimes referred to as Westmorland Borrowdale in order to distinguish it from a more famous Borrowdale located in the traditional county of Cumberland.

The valley straddles the eastern border of the Lake District National Park, and is part of Cumbria.

The valley carries Borrow Beck for 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), from Borrowdale Hole, through Borrowdale Moss to End of Borrowdale, crossing the A6 road at High Borrow Bridge and reaching the River Lune at Low Borrow Bridge, site of a Roman fort, and where the original bridge has been supplemented by a new bridge for the A685 road, twin viaducts for the M6 motorway, and the West Coast Main Line railway.

The upper segment, above High Borrow Bridge, is very remote; the lower segment carries a bridleway along its length, and has easy parking at the eastern end just off the A685, but remains quiet even in the high season.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 90 Penrith & Keswick (Ambleside) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319232064.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.