Bird watching at Mary Mount Hotel in Borrowdale.
Mary Mount Hotel sits just above the shore of Derwentwater with startling views across the lake to Catbells on the far side. But from the giant glass windows surrounding the bar area, it is hard to take your eyes off the extraordinary number of birds feeding there.
Just outside every window are bird feeders, each topped up with a variety of seed and nuts.
You can sit with your coffee or a very nice lunch to watch gold finches and greenfinches, blue tits, coal tits and great tits, even a treecreeper while I was there. They are extremely close to the window, so as you eat your (very good) food, you can take close-ups of a huge variety of birds.
There are a number of ways to get to Mary Mount Hotel:
- By car from Keswick is easy – only around ten minutes.
- The Number 78 bus from Keswick; this is the timetable.
- Cycling from Keswick (20 minutes cycling slowly), or the hard way over Honister Pass, or around the west side of Derwentwater, turning right at Grange signposted ‘Seatoller’.
- Keswick Launch – there is a jetty just a hundred metres from Mary Mount Hotel. A fabulous way to arrive.
- Walking from the western side of the valley across the bottom of Derwentwater; this is a virtually flat walk, with a short stretch of about 200 metres on the Borrowdale road. And the views on a good day are fabulous. See below.
- By kayak! Platty+ Watersports is based at the launch jetty.
So book your table (staying overnight is another option!), take your camera, and go bird watching at Mary Mount Hotel in Borrowdale!
There are other excellent places to go bird-watching in the Lake District, and the Cumbria Bird Club has some very good suggestions.