National Trust Borrowdale

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Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater (contact is for national trust shop – the areas is large and its innapropriate for an exact point and distance measurment)

Borrowdale is the name of a valley in the English Lake District in Cumbria. It is located in the traditional county of Cumberland, and is sometimes referred to as Cumberland Borrowdale in order to distinguish it from another Borrowdale located in the traditional county of Westmorland.

The valley rises in the central Lake District and runs north carrying the River Derwent into the lake of Derwent Water. It is also the name of an extensive civil parish in the Allerdale district, that includes the valley and some of the fells surrounding it. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 438.

The waters of the River have their origins over a wide area of the central massif of the Lake District north of Esk Hause and Stake Pass, including draining the northern end of Scafell including Great End, the eastern side of the Dale Head massif, the western part of the Central Fells and all of the Glaramara ridge. Near Rosthwaite the side valley of Langstrath joins the main valley from Seathwaite before the combined waters negotiate the narrow gap known as the Jaws of Borrowdale. Here it is flanked by the rocky crags of Castle Crag and Grange Fell. The valley then opens out around Grange before the river empties into Derwent Water, overlooked by Catbells, Skiddaw and Walla Crag.

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