17th March 2007

A short walk around the head of Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 11.30
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1114 ft
Walking with On my own
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Lingy Bank - Tongue Gill - High Doat - Seatoller - Stonethwaite - Rosthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Troutbeck Village

Despite the long road through the village and the parking possibilities along it, I'm reluctant to park here, and for no other reason than I don't want to help spoil such a gorgeous place. On the occasions I have parked here I try to get close to the Mortal Man pub where there are usually lots of cars anyway.


Route Map

Castle Crag seen across the fields just outside Rosthwaite.

When I left home this morning I wasn't sure where I was going to end up; although, somewhere from Grasmere was in actually my mind. Unreliable as ever though; the forecast was for heavy rain to move in by noon (ish), but I'd only been driving for about 10 minutes when the heavens opened; so bang went my idea of getting a walk in before the rain started, or at least that's what I thought. As it turned out I only had a couple of spots of rain, not even worth putting a jacket on for.

A little further on I crossed the River Derwent using New Bridge.

Rosthwaite (left) and Stonethwaite (right), taken as I was slipping and sliding my way up the muddy path on Lingy Bank.

Looking across to High Doat; a modest little fell just managing to top the 900ft mark at the Seatoller end of Borrowdale.

The route across to High Doat is pretty straightforward, even with the short de-tour that took me a little way up Tongue Gill; where the sun shone for all of about ten seconds. I was beginning to wish I'd stuck to my original frame of mind and done a longer and possibly higher level walk from Grasmere. Having said that, this end of Borrowdale offers so many options for walking, which I always enjoy.

After going through the gate, I crossed the gill and then headed back down the path on the opposite side.

And after crossing the gill, the view looking towards Borrowdale.

A little further on I rejoined the more obvious route running across the side of the fell to High Doat.

Castle Crag.

Base Brown (left) and Grey Knotts topped with cloud, seen from High Doat.

Making my way down the twisting path to Seatoller.

And again from the bottom section of the path.

I know you can all read, but I'll still tell you this is the yew tree cafe in Seatoller.

"What do you mean, how am I going to get out of here. Once I've eaten all this hay I'll just crawl underneath, , , , And humans have the cheek to call us dozy animals"

Daffodils in the churchyard at Stonethwaite.

And finally. Heading back to Rosthwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks