This web site complements the “Borrowdale Story” exhibition at Grange in Borrowdale, which is run by a group of local volunteers. By recording the history and culture of this beautiful valley in the English Lake District, we aim to bring community and visitors together in appreciation of our shared past, present, and future.

2019 Borrowdale Story Calendar now available

Cover 2019 CalendarThis year’s calendar is selling out fast! Get yours now by popping into Grange Methodist Church – £6 per copy – or if that’s not convenient, please send a cheque for £10 with your postal address to David Woodthorpe, Bybeck, Grange-in Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5UQ.

Includes beautiful seasonal views of Borrowdale, all photographs taken by volunteers. Proceeds to the Borrowdale Story and the Church in Borrowdale.

New displays at Grange for 2018

Grange Methodist Church, home of the Borrowdale Story exhibition. Open 10 am – 5 pm 7 days a week

For this year, we have some new images of the Askews and the Mounseys, our most senior Borrowdale resident Jake Jenkinson, Longthwaite Farm, and the Borrowdale hamlets.
The information boards have been refreshed with new material with a floral theme, and there is a new display of stainless steel and copper items crafted by local men at the Lakeland Rural Industries in Grange.
There are also leaflets, interpretation boards and wonderfully informative wall books of valley history.
Please encourage visitors to this free, educational and very interesting exhibition.

Explore Borrowdale

Sam Hicks and Betty Walker talk about their lives in Borrowdale Valley voices

Sound recordings of Borrowdale valley residents


The six hamlets: Grange, Lodore and Manesty, Rosthwaite, The Top End (Honister, Seatoller and Seathwaite), Stonethwaite, and Watendlath and Ashness

Walking and Climbing

Ideas for when you are out and about in the valley


Public transport, accommodation, refreshments


Between February and November basics can be bought at the Flock Inn, Rosthwaite. The nearest supermarkets are in Keswick. We encourage people to shop locally when they can; for extras some of us use and by going there from this link, you can help The Borrowdale Story raise funds for our project at no extra cost to you.