High Borrans Farm
A Lake District Working Hill Farm
High Borrans Farm is a 1000 acre working hill farm, with a flock of some 1200 Swaledale ewes and about 25 beef suckler cows. The land rises to about 1300 feet on heather-clad fell tops, which were formerly used for grouse shooting. The farm is nowadays the most wonderful environment for nature lovers.
The farmland is an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) and parts are also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Out on the fells you may glimpse red and roe deer, and closer to the farm, we have tawny and barn owls, and many varieties of bats living in the old barns.
White-clawed crayfish thrive in Dubbs Reservoir, Dubbs Beck, Borrans Reservoir, and the River Gowan. The white-clawed crayfish is Britain's only native crayfish.
Since the early 1980s populations in many rivers have been wiped out by crayfish plague, carried by the introduced Signal Crayfish. This area of Cumbria is now one of the last strongholds of the species, as it is for the freshwater pearl mussel.
High Borrans is farmed by the Hodgsons, who also farm at Rydal and Hartsop Hall. Your hosts at the farm are Cathy and Jonathan Hodgson.