These magnificent yew trees lie at the head of the Borrowdale valley in Seathwaite and are believed to be between 1,500 to 2,000 years old. Ancient, crooked and twisted they are but beautiful in their own right. The famous poet William Wordsworth wrote a  poem dedicated to the yews after visiting them in 1803 , a poem quote “fraternal four of Borrowdale, Joined in one solemn and capacious grove”.

Be sure when you visit to imagine all who have passed by and these magical trees in their lifetime.

NOTE: Please DO NOT touch, the trees are protected.

Getting There:

To get to the yew trees you can park at the side of the road in Seathwaite at Grid Ref NY236 123 . From here walk north back along the road you drove down to the bridge that crosses the river Derwent, on your left there is a gate and a path that follows the river on your left, walk down the path for 1/2 a mile and the trees are set up on your right. The trees are surrounded by a fence with a gate and a board with some information about the yews.


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