The Bowder Stone
Cumbria CA12 5UQ
Borrowdale near Keswick on Derwentwater in the north-west Lake District is a classic U-shaped glacial valley. It is beautiful with thickly wooded fells and towering crags, with the pretty River Derwent winding through its bottom.
The valley is strewn with tumbled rocks, the largest being The Bowder Stone.
This well known ‘Lakes’ landmark is a delicately balanced 1,970 ton (1787 tonne) stone, some 36 feet (11 metres) high, fifty feet (15 metres) across and ninety feet (27 metres) in circumference. A ladder enables visitors to climb to the top of the rock.
Some people will tell you that the boulder tumbled down from the crags above but its real origins are much more interesting. It is not a local rock and was probably carried into Borrowdale from Scotland by the glaciers of the Ice Age.
This landmark is situated on Grange Fell about three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) south of the attractive village of Grange-in-Borrowdale. It is a short walk through the woods from the National Trust car park on the left hand side of the B5289 Keswick-Borrowdale road.
Medieval settlement of Grange Village
Grange Village is a medieval settlement situated at the entrance to the 'Jaws of Borrowdale', where the valley squeezes between Grange Fell and Castle Crag. The impressive double-arched stone bridge was built in 1675.
Grange can be accessed via a pretty little unclassified road that runs from Keswick along the western shore of Derwentwater.
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OS Map Ref: NY 255164 There is a good map on the Visit Cumbria website link above.
Some 219 yards (0.2 km) from Grange Village is the T-junction with the B5289 Keswick-Borrowdale road. Turn right and travel 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The.Bowder Stone National Trust car park is on the left. If you find yourself at the Honister Pass you have missed the car park and gone too far!
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