4th July 2009

Castle Crag and a stroll around the head of Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Allerdale Ramble - Honister Pass - Seatoller - Seathwaite - Borrowdale Road - Stonethwaite Church - 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

Yew Tree Farm B&B in Rosthwaite.

And from the other side.

Looking back towards Rosthwaite.

New Bridge and the River Derwent.

I followed the river for a little while before turning onto this path which leads straightforwardly enough up to Castle Crag.

Sunshine and showers were forecast today, and this was where I met with the first of half a dozen or so showers. None of them were heavy enough to be worth putting on a jacket, but all of them were enough to set me off muttering to myself.


For somewhere generally considered to be a lowly little fell, Castle Crag really does have some steep and dramatic features.

Castle Crag summit.

A clear view looking down to the path I later followed to Honister Pass.

Also taken from the summit was this picture showing Derwent Water and the northern fells under cloud.

On the short walk back down through the discarded slate I took this picture of the Rosthwaite / Stonethwaite area of Borrowdale.

A close up of Rosthwaite.

Once I reached the path I mentioned previously, I took a slight de-tour up to the old workings for a look about.

Castle Crag seen here from one of the small ruins.

Back on the track now with a view back to Castle Crag (right) and Derwent Water & the Skiddaw fells in the distance.

Borrowdale seen from the side of Tongue Gill.

All is green in the garden, as this picture towards Castle Crag shows.

I could hear the farmer shouting, the dogs were barking and all the sheep seemed to be heading in this direction, so rather than continue higher up onto the road on Honister Pass, I headed straight down to the road. The last thing the farmer needs is me getting in the way.

Walking through Seatoller.

Lunch with a view, with the sun, but without a fork or a spoon. Never mind, I've still got eight fingers, two thumbs and although it was a bit messy, the water wasn't far away.

Seathwaite. Best known or perhaps worst known for being the wettest place in England.

And again, from the path along the Thornythwaite Fell side of the valley.


Base Brown and Sourmilk Gill waterfalls above Seathwaite.


A long distance view taken from the Borrowdale Road looking through to Greenup Gill and Eagle Crag.

Back in Rosthwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks