MBE for Lakeland hotelier

Date: Saturday 3rd January 2004

BORROWDALE hotelier Miles Jessop (right), owner of the Scafell Hotel at Rosthwaite, in the Borrowdale Valley, has been awarded an MBE for services to the community.

Over the past 35 years, Mr. Jessop has built up the Scafell Hotel, a popular stopping off point for fell walkers doing the Cumbrian Way and coast to coast walk.

During that time he has played a major role in the valley community.


He was president of Borrowdale shepherds’ meet and show in 1999 and was one of those responsible for the inauguration of the Borrowdale fell race in the 1970s, an event which has now grown to national status.

Mr. Jessop and the late Chris Bland, one of the famous family of Borrowdale mountain runners, came up with the idea for a race over the highest fells in the central Lake District, including Scafell Pike and Great Gable, to Keswick Athletic Club.

Ross Brewster, the then chairman of the club, said: “It was largely their enthusiasm which got this wonderful event off the ground.

“Miles Jessop was a keen walker, who often linked the two hotels he owned in Langdale and Borrowdale by foot, and he was keen to see a top class long distance classic race based in the valley. Last year’s prizes were presented by Prince Philip, which suggests the aim of the race has succeeded.”

Mr. Jessop was founder secretary of Borrowdale show when it was revived, largely through his initiative, in 1988, following a gap of 100 years. He held the post until 1994 when he handed over to Geoff Truckle.


Mr. Jessop, who is a long-serving member of Keswick Rotary Club, is also a keen photographer and takes regular walking parties up the Scafell range.

During his time in Borrowdale he has become an integral part of the close-knit community and has been a keen supporter of a wide range of local activities and interests.

Geoff Truckle, who owned Rosthwaite Stores for many years, said: “Mr. Jessop has always been an absolute pillar, always willing to stand in and back ventures which have been important to the Valley. His many years of hard work have paid off he has really been an asset to the community.”