Rosthwaite, Seathwaite and Seatoller

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The Borrowdale Valley has often been described as the most beautiful valley in England. This low-level walk starts from Rosthwaite, at the southern end of Borrowdale, a popular village for walkers. As Wainright said, "A fellwalker based in Rosthwaite is like a king with many thrones".

The walk passes through a National Trust wood and farmland to Seathwaite Farm, a picturesque setting and a very popular place with fell-walkers as the starting point to the ascent of England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. The walk returns by the hamlet of Seatoller.

The walk is characterised throughout by the breathtaking lush and rugged landscapes and reinforces the argument that the splendour of the Lakes can be appreciated as much, if not more at low level than on the high summits.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


Birds, Cafe, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
29/08/2022 - Marilu Peries

We loved this walk but have the same comments as Mike Kell on the rocky portion. It may be very challenging for some to get through, so classifying this as an easy walk might not be completely accurate. But it is easy on all other portions of the walk, and most importantly, a very flat walk which is wonderful for those like us carting around a 17kg toddler on our backs. There is no longer a tea shop at weigh mark 7, but there is one near weigh mark 3 at the youth hostel.

16/09/2019 - Mike Kell

Did this walk 10.09.19. Generally a well signed and easy walk but there is a significant condition attached to that statement. The text alongside WM3 says that a particularly rocky section may be slippery after wet weather, but this is a serious understatement. Although a relatively short stretch, this is very difficult for the less agile, irrespective of the weather. There is even a hand chain attached to some of the rocks to assist their crossing; this gives some idea of the nature of the obstacle. Furthermore, it has to be crossed for a second time on the return leg (WM10). Finally, GPS indicated a walk in excess of 6 miles.

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