Borrowdale Valley is situated near Keswick, within the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England. It stands also within the historic county boundaries of Cumberland. The valley is regarded as one of the most amazing places in Cumbria, with sheep-grazed uplands and extensive paths of oak woddland draping the hillsides. It was one a hive of industrial activity with iron smelting, charcoal burning and mining for copper and graphite. Nowadays, farming struggles to make a living and tourists play a significant part in supporting the local community. The valley is enclosed by rugged crags, inviting fells, old mines and wooded valleys with clear rivers.