26th December 2008

Boxing Day in Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Tongue Gill - Seatoller - Stonethwaite Church - Peat Howe - 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


Walking along the lonning between Rosthwaite and the River Derwent.

New Bridge across the River Derwent. Despite a couple of months having passed, there was still so much evidence of the October floods at this end of the valley. I'm glad I wasn't standing here at the time, but it must have been quite a site to see.

River Derwent.


Ascending Castle Crag.
I'm sure anyone who has been up here will remember the chink, chink, chink of the slate as you zigzag your way up to the disused quarry just below the summit.
The path in the background is the one we headed for after we left the summit.

Slate sculptures in front of Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite, Great Crag, Eagle Crag, Ullscarf and Bessyboot.

Sunshine on Castle Crag summit.

And again, with Derwent Water in the background. Looking at this picture, you'd hardly believe in a couple of hours time there wouldn't be a cloud in the sky.

Looking into the disused quarry on Castle Crag.

Chink, chink, chink.


For such a small fell, Castle Crag has a truly spectacular appearance, particularly on its western side where you get this view across to Derwent Water and the Skiddaw Fells.

Looking up to Tongue Gill and Rigghead Quarries.
This was the point at which we crossed the gill and headed back down to the main route across to Honister Pass.

With the weather improving all the time, we got some lovely views back to Castle Crag.

The foot bridge over Scaleclose Gill.



Walking down to Seatoller.

And looking back up in the opposite direction.

More flood debris, this time next to the path between Longthwaite and New Bridge.

Reflections in the River Derwent.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks