The Borrowdale Story

The “Borrowdale Story” exhibitions at Grange Methodist Church and St. Andrew’s Church are open again!

Grange Methodist Church, CA12 5UQ

St. Andrews Church, Stonethwaite CA12 5XG







Borrowdale Story 2022 Calendar

The calendar is back and more beautiful than ever. Cost £8 + £2 postage and packing. If you are in the area it can be collected from the Borrowdale Story at Grange Methodist Church. Contact us to place an order. They’re going fast!

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.

Can you follow the Borrowdale dialect?

New in April 2019 – Jake Jenkinson reads the words of Sarah Youdale, the “Queen of Borrowdale”. Listen

Mass in the Mountain September 2019Mass in the Mountain – A Borrowdale Story from Film On The Brain on Vimeo.2020
Sam Hicks and Betty Walker talk about their lives in BorrowdaleValley 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 valleyServices

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.