13th January 2007

A short walk from Rosthwaite to Castle Crag


Walk Overview
Time 11.20 to 12.50
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 2.7 mile
Ascent 790 ft
Walking with On my own
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Tongue Gill - New Bridge - Rosthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

There are actually two car parks right next to each other in Rosthwaite. One is the official car park and this is reflected in the pay and display price. The other one is simply a number of parking spaces adjoining Rosthwaite Village Hall which has a honesty box on the wall of the building.
I know which one I'd rather give my money to.


Route Map

We don't seem to have had much else for ages now, but it was yet another day of rain and strong winds as I set out from the village hall car park in Rosthwaite. Whenever I'm away from home and people ask where I live, as soon as I say Cumbria, the usual response is to point out that "it always rains there doesn't it". Normally I'm quick to defend or at least try to defend the place; although I'd probably agree with them if the last few months is anything to go by.

Castle Crag seen from the same place.

New Bridge over the River Derwent.

Not far from the zig-zag slate path below Castle Crag summit you get this fine view across to High Doat.

Looking down to Borrowdale with Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite in the valley.

Another view across to High Doat.

Castle Crag summit.

Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite seen from the disused quarry found just below the summit.

And the view from inside the quarry.

Heading back down the slate path from Castle Crag summit. The path I followed from here is the one that goes out of the picture (bottom right).

A little further down from Castle Crag and walking towards the path marked on the map as the Allerdale Ramble.

Looking back to Castle Crag, with Derwent Water in the distance.

The double foot bridge over Tongue Gill, taken just before the heavy rain started.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks