Castle Crag

Castle Crag

Route: Castle Crag 

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 3rd April 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Sunny patches, snow on the higher fells

Last week I’d climbed King’s How on Grange Fell, one of the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale‘. Today I decided to visit the other jaw, Castle Crag. I’ve been up the fell several times before, and usually approach it from the south starting at Rosthwaite. For a change, I started today’s walk in the small village of Grange which lies to the north of the fell

I parked in the small car park next to the double bridge over the River Derwent. 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 as I passed through Low How Woods and High How Woods. Shortly after emerging from the wood I joined a grassy path up Lingy Bank. As I gained height there were some wonderful retrospective views over Borrowdale, and I was fortunate that this section of the walk coincided with some good light

At the top of the bank I joined 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 conferred on it what he termed ‘the full treatment’

It was a short but steep climb to the top via a zig zagging path which passes by some old slate quarries. The views of the surrounding fells were superb as usual, and enhanced by last night’s dusting of snow

I descended back to the Cumbria Way, and near Bowder Dub I rejoined my original path and retraced my steps back to the start of a great little fell walk

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