Castle Crag

Castle Crag

North Western Lake District

Route: Castle Crag

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 16th March 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: mostly cloudy

At a height of 985 feet, Castle Crag is the lowest of the lakeland fells as classified by Alfred Wainwright, and the only one under 1,000 feet to be honoured with the full treatment in the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells – ‘a distinction well earned’ according to AW, who went on to say ‘If a visitor to lakeland has only two or three hours to spare, poor fellow, yet desperately wants to reach a summit and take back enduring memories of the beauty and atmosphere of the district….let him climb Castle Crag.’

With limited time to spare this afternoon, and recalling those words of wisdom, we parked in the National Trust car park in Rosthwaite and walked towards the bank of the River Derwent, following the course of the river for a short distance before crossing over New Bridge to start the climb up to Castle Crag. Eventually we reached the quarry area, and from here it’s a short but steep pull up a zigzag staircase of loose slate

The views from the top were as wonderful as ever and after savouring them for a while we retraced our steps down the slate staircase and then joined the Cumbria Way heading south towards Seatoller.

After passing through Seatoller we followed the River Derwent through Johnny Wood and from there back to Rosthwaite. It had been a wonderful walk in one of lakeland’s most beautiful valleys

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