Grange

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Travel south from Keswick on the B5289 Borrowdale Road and, just beyond the bottom end of Derwentwater, you’ll see a lovely old, double-arched stone bridge leading west across the River Derwent – and into Grange. Sometimes known as Grange-in-Borrowdale to differentiate it from Grange-over-Sands in south Cumbria, this quaint little village is built almost entirely of slate. It started life as a monastic ‘grange’, or farm, in medieval times and is today home to two cafés, a small hotel, several B&Bs, a tiny Anglican church and a Wesleyan chapel. The latter hosts a permanent exhibition, open daily, on the history and culture of the valley – called the Borrowdale Story.