Borrowdale lies within the historic county boundaries of Cumberland, and is sometimes referred to as Cumberland Borrowdale. It is hard to believe that this valley in the National Park, was once a hive of industrial activity with iron smelting, charcoal burning, and mining for copper and graphite. Scattered hamlets reflect the Nordic influence in their names, while stone walls and vernacular buildings chronicle centuries of farming. Borrowdale is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Cumbria with sheep-grazed uplands and extensive tracts of oak woodland draping the hillsides. Just 3 miles south of Keswick, extending from the South shore of Derwentwater to Honister Pass.