Derwentwater by Toney Richards
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Seathwaite
(southern Borrowdale)
(See also Borrowdale)

Seathwaite valley near Borrowdale courtesy Ann Bowker
Seathwaite and its valley, at Borrowdales southern end, is a farming village. According to the government weather office it is Britains wettest inhabited spot with an average yearly rainfall of 140 inches.
Uninhabited Styhead Tarn nearby has recorded 172 inches as their annual average rainfall.

Seathwaite farms small grove of yew trees were immortalized by Wordsworth who wrote in Fraternal four of Borrowdale:

Seathwaite houses Ann Bowker"...But worthier still of note
Are those fraternal Four of Borrowdale
Joined in one solemn and capacious grove
Huge trunks! and each particular trunk a growth
Of intertwisted fibres serpentine. . ."

Seathwaite village from Base Brown path Ann BowkerLocation Map of Seathwaite
Seathwaite is 7.5 miles south of Keswick on a minor road off the B5289.

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Photos courtesy of Ann Bowker

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