Path from Seatoller


Route: Borrowdale from Seatoller

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 28th January 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Overcast and very windy

The district has been battered by gales all week and today was no exception. It wasn’t a day for a fell walk, so we set our sights on a low level walk. We could think of nowhere better than Borrowdale, which many would contend is the most beautiful valley in the Lake District

We parked in the National Trust car park in the small village of Seatoller at the foot of the Honister Pass. After follow the road uphill for a hundred yards or so we turned off to continue climbing. The path merged with a mid level path above Borrowdale – one of the best in the district

The wonderful path leads to Castle Crag, the smallest of the lakeland fells but one of the best. We were fortunate that this section of the walk, perhaps the most scenic, coincided with some good light. For anyone wishing to climb Castle Crag, the summit is within easy reach of this walk – click here for more details

As we passed by the foot of Castle Crag at the high point of the walk, a view of distant Derwent Water appeared. The Skiddaw fells were shrouded in low cloud. We continued in the same direction and made the easy descent down into the valley via a rocky path which brought us to the banks of the River Derwent. This was the far point of the walk and from here we followed the Cumbria Way adjacent to the banks of the river, passing through Low Hows Wood and High Hows Wood. The Cumbria Way turns east into Rosthwaite, but we continued along the western bank of the Derwent. There’s a rocky section near Glaramara YHA where chains are provided, but there are no dangers and progress would be safe without them

Beyond the river, the path continued to circuit around the edge of Johnny Wood, bringing us back to Seatoller to end a blustery but enjoyable walk

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