The stunning


The Scafell Hotel nestles in the heart of Rosthwaite village in Borrowdale valley, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in England. Nearby villages and hamlets include Stonethwaite, Seatoller and Grange. The hotel really is ideal for walkers to explore the Lakeland fells or just to ‘get away from it all’.

The market town of Keswick is only 6 miles away and if you want to leave your car, there is a local bus service which runs regularly throughout the day. The road to Keswick takes you on a scenic trip past Grange bridge and along the shores of Derwentwater to the town centre.

Keswick is a lively town with a good mixture of shops, parks, bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, a cinema, museums and more. There is the much appreciated and loved Theatre by the Lake, as well as the famous Keswick Pencil Museum. The pencil was first made in Keswick following the discovery of Graphite in Borrowdale.

At the lake shore you can take a cruise round Derwentwater, a rowing boat to one of the islands, or even a motor boat. The launch can also drop you at one of the many jetties around the lake – the nearest being Lodore – and then enjoy a walk back to The Scafell or catch an open top bus to enjoy the beautiful valley scenery.

Alternatively, head further down the Borrowdale valley, through Seatoller and over Honister Pass. At the summit of the pass is Honister Slatemine, shop and Skyhigh cafe. Honister run Mine tours daily and the more adventurous can climb the Via Ferrata or take a trip down the zip. Head down the other side and to beautiful Buttermere and round to Newlands valley then back to The Scafell via the far side of Derwentwater.

We're in the Heart of


If travelling from the south follow the M6 north to Junction 36 and turn left onto the A590 heading North West. This fast road passes Kendal to the right and leads onto the A591 which leads to Windermere, Ambleside and then onto Keswick.

From the North follow the M6 to junction 40 and turn right onto the A66 heading towards Keswick.

At Keswick, follow the signs for Borrowdale and the B5289. You will travel past Derwentwater on your right and the famous bridge at Grange in Borrowdale. Continue for roughly 2 miles and you come to the village of Rosthwaite where the Scafell Hotel is on your left.

If using a SatNav the postcode is CA12 5XB

The Borrowdale


The Borrowdale Fell Race, sponsored by The Scafell Hotel, is held annually on the first Saturday in August. Starting in the paddock opposite the Scafell Hotel runners must complete the race through the following statutory check points.

Straight line distance total: 21km or 13.14miles
Approximate running distance: 17miles
Approximate height of climb: 7000ft
The current record holder is Mr. Billy Bland with a time of 2hrs 34mins 38sec

The Grid References are highlighted in yellow.

1. 258 125 ROSTHWAITE (start & finish) to BESSYBOOT 2.25km/1.41miles
2. 235 083 BESSYBOOT to ESK HAUSE 4.75km/2.97miles
3. 215 072 ESK HAUSE to SCAFELL PIKE 2.25km/1.41miles
4. 211 103 SCAFELL PIKE to GREAT GABLE 3.0km/1.88miles
5. 225 136 GREAT GABLE to HONISTER PASS 3.5km/2.19miles
6. 223 153 HONISTER PASS to DALE HEAD 1.75km/1.09miles
7. 259 149 DALE HEAD to ROSTHWAITE 3.5km/2.19miles

Here are some Lake District links which direct you to Lakeland activity websites, each within the vicinity of The Scafell Hotel.

Honister Slate Mine

Englands last remaining working slate mine. Located at the top of Honister Pass,we produce the finest slate available in the world. Free parking for customers, Free Factory trail, Free Visitor Centre.

Cumberland Pencil Museum

The home of the original pencil and the World’s largest pencil! Museum and gift shop with childrens drawing area.

Podgy Paws

Keswick’s pet shop Podgy Paws provides quality pet products at reasonable prices whilst maintaining a personal and friendly service. Your dog is welcome in the shop too.

Keswick Launch Company

Derwentwater cruises, rowing boats and motor boats for hire. We also highly recommend taking the launch from Lodore jetty to Keswick. Beautiful.

Keswick Mountain Festival

The Keswick Mountain Festival is an action packed, five day festival celebrating the best the great outdoors has to offer in the heart of the Lake District.

MB’z Disco Roadshow

Professional DJ Entertainment – Now in our 10th year, covering the whole of Cumbria and the Lake District offering a very competitive and reliable service.

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