The northern Lake District has a particular character. Some parts have big views, others do not. Borrowdale is a notably sylvan valley which is beautiful in autumn. It’s down here to the right. The walk to Great Gable from Seathwaite, close to here, is one of the best. I recommend a linear route, there and back crossing Green Gable, with superlative views to Ennderdale and Grassmoor. There’s no reason for dropping down to Styhead Tarn to make a circular route. The Coledale Round gives fine airy views. It’s up here to the left. You see down to Buttermere at the top of it where I enjoy the feeling of connecting valleys and memories. When I walk the Lake District, I am walking through memories. There are airy views too climbing up to Maiden Moor, Catbells and High Spy, looking across to Skiddaw and Blencathra which is what you see here. Derwentwater, below, is one of the loveliest of the lakes. I prefer Ullswater but Derwentwater is a close second. Wastwater basically has one notable view towards Great Gable. Other vantage points, especially if they include the screes, are actually not very attractive. It’s a fine walking area but the valley as such is not one of the best.

 

Borrowdale Slopes

Saturday February 14, 2015