1st May 2008

Adding bits onto to an evening walk from Stonethwaite


Walk Overview
Time 17.15 to 20 45
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney and David Mould
Stonethwaite - Big Stanger Gill - Rosthwaite Fell - Bessyboot - Rosthwaite Cam - Rosthwaite Fell - Dovenest Crag - Combe Door - Combe Head - Thornythwaite Fell - Borrowdale - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.


Route Map

Heading out of Stonethwaite this evening, we didn't really expect to end up walking as far as we did. Lower level evening walks are fine, and to a certain extent, getting back after dark isn't too much of an issue. However, heading onto the higher fells at this time of day is a different thing altogether, bringing with it a host of things to consider; mainly getting down before dark.

Stonethwaite Beck and an almost deserted campsite, seen as we start our ascent of the steep path next to Big Stanger Gill.

Gaining height you get a fine view into Borrowdale.

A little sunshine on the Eastern fells, , , ,

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A close up of Clough Head.

The view westwards to Base Brown, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts, High Crag, High Stile and Honister Crag (Fleetwith Pike).

Now it was decision time. We could drop down to The Combe by using the path near Rottenstone Gill, this would have been the quickest way back to the valley. As it was still only 6.20 there was a reasonable amount of time left, so we decided to carry on to Rosthwaite Cam, where we then decided to carry on to Dovenest Crag, and by the time we reach there it was just as easy to continue up to Combe Head than turn back. So what set out to be a walk up Bessyboot, turned into a full circuit of the Combe Gill skyline.

The lovely, but oddly named Tarn at Leaves. The black pointed fell is Pike O'Stickle.

A close up of Seatoller.

And a mountain view of Mountain View.

Rosthwaite Cam.

The evening was drawing on now and the build up of cloud was making it darker for us. Had it been a sunny evening we would have continued up to Glaramara, but at this late hour, and with the increasing amount cloud it was time to bash on and head down.



Walking down Thornythwaite Fell into Borrowdale. You can see the last of the sunshine dotted about on some of the fells, particularly Clough Head which seemed to have been in sunshine the whole time we were out.

The Combe and a section of the skyline we'd walked around.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks