Our Location

The Leathes Head is in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley. Situated just four miles South of Keswick, it is the perfect base for exploring the valley and the surrounding areas. You can access the mountains from the front door of the hotel or drive a short distance to start some magnificent walks. With superb views across the valley towards Derwentwater and the fells beyond the lake, The Leathes Head really is in a prime location.

Grange Village with its old quaint bridge and views up the lake is only a short walk away. Here you can see the full length of Derwentwater and on those glorious summer days you can sit and take in the view while listening to the sound of fresh running water.

At the end of the Valley lies Honister Pass and its route over to Buttermere and Lorton, where again the road will take you through some amazing scenery. With the mountains coming down to the roadside this really feels like you are in a different world. The whole valley is surrounded by glorious fells, perfect for seasoned walkers with Great Gable, Dale Head and Scafell all within easy reach.

Glaciers carved Borrowdale thousands of years ago into this magnificent Valley that we see today. When you are standing at the top of High Seat looking down the valley, the formations of Borrowdale truly come to life.

Make the most of the quietness and remoteness of this magnificent part of the world. Although you are just a stone’s throw from Keswick, you would think you were situated somewhere very remote and peaceful, miles away from anyone.

Our outdoor seating area is a fantastic spot on those nice warm days to enjoy a drink and take in the views.

Our conservatory is great for those days when you need to be inside whilst admiring the scenery that surrounds hotel.

With one of the most central locations in the valley, access to any of the Lake District attractions or local walks is easy. The location could not be easier to reach. Park your car and you are ready to explore this beautiful area of natural beauty. With so many walks and cycle rides around The Leathes Head you will find it hard not to find something to enjoy here.

Situated just 4 miles south of Keswick in the Borrowdale Valley

What makes this area so appealing, apart form the truly glorious scenery and surroundings is that it is situated just 40 minutes off the main M6 Motorway. It is very easily accessible either by car, train, bus or taxi. For the more energetic, you can bike down the valley to the Hotel where we have plenty of storage and will happily store your bike safely.

Travelling To Borrowdale

By Car
  • Come off the M6 motorway at junction 40 signposted Penrith
  • Follow signs for the A66 Keswick for around 16 miles
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Crosthwaite Road / A5271
  • Turn left onto High Hill / A5271 and continue until the roundabout
  • Turn right onto the B5289 for Borrowdale
  • Go straight on through the 1st roundabout and turn right at the 2nd
  • Continue down the Borrowdale Valley for 4 miles
  • Turn left up the driveway, the hotel is set back from the road

Sat Nav Post Code: CA12 5UY
Some satnavs may try to direct you to another house however please continue along the road another 200 metres.

By Train

The closest main line station to the Hotel is at Penrith, on the West Coast line.

From the station, you can either take a taxi directly to the hotel which will take around 40 minutes and cost around £40.00. Or catch the X4 or X5 bus that runs to Workington via Keswick, alight at Booths supermarket in Keswick.

From there you then catch the number 78 bus service that runs down the Borrowdale Valley and this will be able to drop you off at the Borrowdale Hotel which is a 400m walk further down the Valley to the Leathes Head.