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(See also Borrowdale)
Stonethwaite, overlooked by the Borrowdale Fells and sitting in the Langstrath valley by Stonethwaite Beck provides all the scenery a Lakeland visitor could ask for. Borrowdale (considered one of the rainiest places in England), the Buttermere Valley, and the River Derwent are all nearby.
In the village is St Andrew's Church. With a slate roof and white, roughcast walls, it is typical of Cumbria's small village churches. First established in 1687, it has undergone restoration and additions. Three stained glass windows sit behind the altar, and the pulpit is one brought from the drowned Mardale Church. The church was cited in the writings of Sir Hugh Walpole, author of The Herries Chronicles.
In the village is the Langstrath Inn, reincarnated from a 1590 miner's cottage. Walkers enjoy its proximity to the Cumbrian Way and the Coast to Coast walks. There are a number of other walks in the area; one leads over Stonethwaite Beck and up towards Low Saddle.
Stonethwaite was the subject of a land ownership dispute between Furness Abbey and Fountains Abbey, both of which had mining and farming enterprises here. Edward I, as king, claimed it for his own, then cannily sold it to Fountains Abbey for 40 shillings. Today, at any price, a visit here is a rewarding bargain.
Stonethwaite is on a minor road southeast of Borrowdale off the B5289.
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