North Western Lake District

Route: Borrowdale

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 12th February 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Overcast, very cold and windy

I drove over the Honister Pass to Borrowdale with two possible walks in mind, one at high level and the other low. When I got out of the car in Seatoller a howling and freezing cold wind persuaded me to stay low, and so without reluctance I walked out of the village and climbed up to join the heavenly path which runs high above the west side of Borrowdale

I walked past the base of Castle Crag and then started the descent to the floor of the valley. I arrived at the River Derwent and started the return journey here, passing through Low and High Hows Wood.

When I arrived at historic New Bridge, which has recently been repaired following flood damage, I crossed over it when my original plan was to stay on the west bank of the river. It wasn’t an issue as I was able to cross back over the stepping stones a few hundred yards further upstream

I then followed the path beside the river back to the start. It had been an enjoyable walk in one of lakeland’s most beautiful valleys

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