Welcome to Honister!
A unique award winning experience,
England's last working slate mine
and England's first Via Ferrata!
"The Top Ten best British Adventure Breaks"
The Independent - click here!
Borrowdale Road closure from Monday 10th February
Please follow the alternative routes on the map until further notice
"Honister is owned by a local family and is a supporter of the Lake District community, economy and the environment.
Every penny you spend at Honister helps support the mine and our young people." Mark Weir
Located at the head of Honister Pass in the centre of the Lake District, we produce the world famous Westmorland Green Slate – a beautiful, functional material that has been extracted here for centuries.
Our slate is over 450 Million years old
The Borrowdale Valley
"The Lake District is the loveliest part of England and Borrowdale is the fairest of its Valleys"
Alfred Wainwright, A Coast to Coast Walk
"Better than the Great Barrier Reef,"
The Lake District's biggest thrill, don't even think of coming to Honister and missing the Via Ferrata"
Jules Brown, Editor, Rough Guide To England
Cumbria Tourism Awards 2011
"This developing attraction is exciting, interactive and unique in the area creating an adventurous and memorable experience for a wide range of visitors yet remaining true to the principles of sustainability and helping to support a number of jobs for local people. Visitors can not only experience the great Cumbrian outdoors but also see first hand the restoration of the Lake District slate mining industry."
Cumbria Tourism Awards Judge
Put a smile on your face and watch this clip below...
Honister is grateful to Brian Sherwen and
Stuart Bell for their photography.