16th August 2014

A wander from Rosthwaite


Walk Overview
Time 8 to 10:30am
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Tongue Gill - Allerdale Ramble - North side of High Doat - Johnny Wood - Longthwaite - Peat Howe - Stonethwaite - Stonethwaite Beck - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


All was peace and quiet in Rosthwaite this morning. Apart from the lady at the end of the lane and the farm dogs that were wandering about I had the place to myself.

A short walk from Rosthwaite and I pass this old bridge over the River Derwent. "What's it called", , , Err, New Bridge.

This lovely looking section of path is fairly new. Built only a few years ago after the previous path was washed away during a flood.

The River Derwent.

It doesn't take long to get to this point and already the buildings down there begin to look like dots in the distance.


A view of Grange and Derwent Water seen from the top of Castle Crag.

and the top of Castle Crag, seen from the top of Castle Crag.

I looked behind me and saw the first band of rain working its way towards me. Thankfully it must have changed its mind because I only seemed to catch the edge of the shower. It was too wet to leave the jacket off but not wet enough to put it on. Blimey, why does life have to be full of difficult choices.

If the quarry workings were much wider the top of the fell would have been completely removed.

A close up of Grange.



Looking down to Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite from the old quarry workings.


Zooming in on Derwent Water and the cloud topped northern fells.

Castle Crag's impressive craggy side.

I head across the path you can see there for a short distance before heading down into the trees on the left hand side of the picture.


A close up of Castle Crag.

and not so close up. On the right hand side of the picture is Grange Fell.

This is an unusual one, although I can see why they did it. Gate and Stile enthusiasts may like to pay this one a visit.

Now for a walk through some lovely, even if somewhat damp woods.


The woods would eventually bring me out at the Borrowdale YHA. I didn't realise they did camping here.

About a minutes walk from the tents and I cross back over the River Derwent.

Sleepy Stonethwaite was deserted when I passed through today.



Stonethwaite Beck.

Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched?

And here I am back at Rosthwaite about 5 minutes walk from the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks