Borrowdale to Patterdale


Distance: 16 miles Time: 9 hours (9 blinking hours!!!!!!) including a wander around Grasmere. It rained heavily during the night so we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had stopped raining by the time we had breakfast. We’d stopped in Stonethwaite and the view from the restaurant was so lovely that there was a temptation to sit all day, wait for the pub to open and stay another day but the Coast to Coast won’t walk itself so we pulled on our boots and set out with an unnerving spring our step. The first part of this walk was alongside the pretty Greenup Gill until you reach Lining Crag and climb up the stony “steps” From Greenup Edge we decided that the weather was clear enough for us to take the higher route to Grasmere but not before tackling some rather boggy patches – we came across one other walker who sank up their thighs and Rachel went up to her knees at one point but unfortunately the camera was safely in the bag! It was a slow walk and as we got closer to Grasmere we decided we needed to make up some time and after Gibson Knott we dropped down a quick zig zag path instead of Helm Crag and walked into Grasmere for quick look around and a snack. It’s a fairly straigforward walk from Grasmere to Patterdale, especially if you’re not tackling Helvellyn or St Sunday Crag. Heading from Grasmere up to Little Tongue to enjoy the view of Grasmere before crossing Grisedale Pass where the wind and rain picked up again. There were some intrepid souls setting up camp by Grisedale Tarn and I was half tempted to see if we could join them but we knew the path would take us to Patterdale for a well earned pint and peanut! Mind you this is one of those paths that dragged on. and on. and on. and on. Wainwright suggested that it is worth taking two days for this section and had time permitted we would have taken his advice as although this was a manageable walk in a day the scenery on a clear day would be worth taking more time to enjoy.

What our guests thought of us

  • "I arrived colder than an Eskimo's nose and wetter than an otter's pocket; never was a welcome felt so warm."


  • "A haven after a very trying day. Fantastic welcome, fantastic place. I will be back"


  • "Nick & Rachel made me feel so welcome for my prolonged stay here. There enthusiasm and interest in visitors, walking in the fells etc are infectious. This has been a super stay in a lovely home - thank you so much and I look forward to staying again next year.

    Philip J

  • "Really wonderful! Thank you for the lovely welcome and hospitality. Amazing Sunday roast, lots of laughs! Great night's sleep (and afternoon) & the footspa was just heaven!"

    Cath & Jeff, Manchester.

  • "This is just lovely. Thanks Nick and Rachel for your kind hospitality, lovely tucker and for sharing this fascinating abode."

    Alex & Cath, Canberra, Australia.

  • "2nd stay in a week. Wonderful hospitality - fantastic dinner - thank you both so much."

    Nick & Kathryn

  • "Hiking Coast to Coast - arrived after a long day on trail due to losing our way! Great hot shower and dinner! Fantastic room and bed. Thanks to our Host & Hostess - GREAT INN, we will return.

    Mike & Christina, Orlando, FL USA.

  • “Wonderful stop, good company & facilities. Pity only one night”

    The Hill family


    Wally and Sue

  • “A perfect last night to our holiday!"

    Chris & Jude

  • “Thanks for a super stay – especially the kippers!”

    Harry and Pat, Tuscon AZ

  • “This is the loveliest spot we’ve found on the Coast to Coast walk, thank you so much for your outstanding hospitality”

    The Copleys, California

  • Best overnight stay on the C to C. Great house, food and very friendly

    Steve & Jane
  • Nothing like this in Australia. Fantastic!

    Dan & Robyn
  • 6 Stars. This place is heaven. Thank you so much.

    Nicky & Karen
  • Just what a perfect guest house should be, we'll be back!

  • Fantastic comfortable room and a wonderful breakfast. Thank you.

  • Fantastic, definitely lived up to recommendations and reputation!

    Ian & Lindy, Australia
  • Stylish and beautiful, excellent breakfast and coffee! Many thanks.

    Julie, USA
  • 2 stops here on the C2C - how lucky we are. Fully revived for the next stage. Thankyou so much.

    Ros & Gordon
  • Great stay - best stopover by far. Many thanks .

    Bill, Canada
  • Fantastic Place! Our favourite on the C2C. Thank you.

    Foster & pam, USA
  • So warm, welcoming & helpful. A lovely home Rachel & Nick!!

    Ian, Australia
  • What a lovely warm welcome, hidden gem, fantastic B&B. Loved it and fabulous porridge.

    Linda & Rick
  • I Just knew I'd be back!!. Lovely night, breakfast just sets up a body brilliantly. Many thanks.

  • We had a great relaxing evening in your cosy house. Thank you very much.

    Silvia & Willy, Germany
  • My second visit in 2 years and as always a fantastic stay. Thank you very much andhope to be back in 2017.

  • Once again a wonderful stay - great hosts! 
    Thank you

    Gill & Andrew
  • Lovely house, thank you for a great stay, taking care of our hiking gear, superb breakfast.
    A wonderful rest.

    Annabel & Sandy
  • Wonderful welcome & hospitality. Home comforts and a glorious location.

    Trevor & Lorraine
  • 10/10 in every aspect, fantastic food, surroundings and food.
    A defintie return is planned.

    Alan & Dawn
  • A wonderful welcome and great advice for walkers.

  • So nice to return here and spend a little longer. Thank you Rachel & Nick for your kindness. The advice on walks, maps and leaflets were much appreciated. 
    Best wishes to you both...and Dylan.

    Lynn & John, Australia.
  • Now we've found you we will be back. A beautiful B&B and wondrous hospitality.

    Helen & Guy.

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