11th September 2016

Castle Crag and that bit of Borrowdale

Time in the morning
Duration not sure
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 1100 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Tongue Gill - Allerdale Ramble - Seatoller - Stonethwaite - 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


Today we're in Borrowdale for a short walk on Castle Crag and around the Seatoller end of the valley. Sunshine and cloud were offered by the weather people and as it was very nice in the sunshine and not that bad in the shade, an enjoyable outing was had by both of us.
That's Castle Crag over there with the trees on it.


Approaching New Bridge.

Little Red Riding Hood walk alongside the River Derwent before we head off to the left and begin the short ascent of Castle Crag.

Just below the top of Castle Crag the path changes from grassy fellside to a twisting, turning narrow route through the slate. This is a great little section of path which I'm always surprised doesn't get washed away by torrential rain. There doesn't seem to be anything other than gravity holding the tons of stone in place yet it never seems to go anywhere.

Here we pause to look across to the Rosthwaite / Stonethwaite area of Borrowdale.
On route up from the valley we were overtaken by a very large group of fell runners. When a couple of them stopped for a breather, Jennifer asked if there was "something on today". It turned out that they were members of a running club and this was their final day from a weekend in the lakes. Normally runners can be the most ignorant of outdoor enthusiasts but this lot were all friendly and despite some of them being on the verge of collapse, almost all of them managed at least a hello or a thank you when we stepped aside.
We were also overtaken by two walkers on the route up and 'unfortunately' we were to meet them again as they made their way back down. A hello would have done or even just a smile or nothing at all but I was left feeling pee'd off at the way I was told "you've done really well to get this far but it's not much further now, just past the trees up there, , , you should be OK with that though".
There was lots of things I could have or maybe should have said but I settled for "yeah, I know. We live here and must have been up here 50 times or more over the years." I walked off with the lady saying "I didn't realise, maybe I shouldn't have said that"

Derwent Water view from Castle Crag summit.

and looking t'other way.

Back down from Castle Crag we look through the gap between Castle Crag and High Spy. In the distance we see the Skiddaw Fells.

Looking back to Castle Crag.

Seatoller Farm.


Blimey, I bet that hurt.


Stonethwaite Church.

Stonethwaite and Eagle Crag taken from the roadside on route back to Rosthwaite.

And to finish, a picture of the outskirts of Rosthwaite below Skawdel and High Spy.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks