Borrowdale is a fine place for walking: here are some links to walks in Borrowdale from different external sources.
Two well-known long-distance walking routes pass through the valley:
The Cumbria Way, 73 miles north to south (Ulverston to Carlisle),
The Borrowdale part: 17.4 miles, starts at Dungeon Ghyll, then Stake Pass, Langstrath, Stonethwaite, Rosthwaite, Grange, Manesty, Portinscale, Keswick.
Borrowdale is famous for its rock climbing, from roadside crags to high-level challenges. Experienced climbers can get information from the Fell & Rock Climbing Club (FRCC); for beginners the Glaramara Centre at the head of the valley can provide all support and equipment.
The Lakeland fells are loved at least in part because they are bigger and stronger than any one of us. Weather conditions can quickly change up on the tops; we want you to stay safe and enjoy the Borrowdale fells. Keswick Mountain Rescue’s volunteers and dogs, supported by the Great North West Air Ambulance, H.M. Coastguard, Keswick Women’s Institute, and many others, turn out to about 140 incidents each year; from the team’s founding in 1946 to the end of 2016 they have attended 3470 rescues which included 288 fatalities. Please stay safe and don’t be a statistic.
Cycling on or off road is popular. (Keswick Information centre)