Castle Crag

Castle Crag

North Western Lake District

Route: Castle Crag and Borrowdale

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 15th May 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.0 miles

Weather: Sunny at first, clouded over later

I made an early start as the forecast was for sun and blue skies early morning, but gradually clouding over, and this proved to be the case.

It was a beautiful morning as I arrived in Grange and parked near the bridge. I walked out of the village along a quiet lane which joins the path beside the River Derwent. The river was to be my constant companion for the outward leg of the walk until just beyond Rosthwaite, when I turned away from its course to head up into Johnny Wood

There followed a short climb uphill to reach the Cumbria Way and the delightful terraced path took me to the foot of Castle Crag. The fell has the distinction of being the only fell in Wainwright’s Guides with an altitude below 1,000 feet – it stands at 985 feet – but such is its rugged character that Wainwright made an exception and gave it what he termed ‘the full treatment’

It was a short but steep climb to the top. The normally superlative views were not shown at their best thanks to some indifferent weather which had been moving in from the south – but they were lovely all the same

I descended the way I’d come, then carried on along the Cumbria Way and retraced my steps back into Grange

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