Another fine walk with my ex-colleague and friend Julie as
we venture up the Borrowdale Valley and enjoy a circumnavigation
of Castle Crag.
We pass on a summit climb in favour of a more gentle route
but it was still a good walk as it involves a steady climb
up onto the back part of this classic fell.
Introducing a delightful new friend for my two, Tilley.
She's a cross Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/poodle
(a Cavapoo ?).
Julie was on family dog-sitting duty today
so it was a good opportunity for Tilly to enjoy a
It was a lovely day as we drove the Catbells
road to Grange in Borrowdale, stopping to admire Derwent Water
along the way.
Just the last vestige of winter snow on distant
Blencathra and some high cloud, otherwise it was sunshine all
the way today.
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We parked at Rosthwaite NT car park on the edge
of the village and set off for Castle Crag from this, its southern
The wooded summit of the fell can be seen from
the car park, nestling there in the Jaws of Borrowdale.
The path leads us past the Village Hall, the
Yew Tree Farm and the Flock Inn.
A rather nice informative plaque on the wall
of the cafe.
The track from the farm leads down to the River
where Dougal stands on the raised bank adjacent
to the stepping stones.
is a little higher than normal so some stones are underwater.
Flood restoration work
has given the track a new cobbled surface.
" New Bridge."
It looks quite old to me but presumably has
been rebuilt back in the day so was newer than the old one !
Alternatively it may just be newer than the
old route across the river which was presumably the ford and
stepping stones ?
We'll take a clockwise route today, so turn
off left after the first gate and then contemplate the climb
A larger than normal rock probably decided and
now defines the old field boundary line.
We look up towards the crags of High Scawdel
and the Rigghead Quarries to the right.
From the stile we look back at the houses of
Rosthwaite, the fields of Upper Borrowdale
and the outline of Eagle Crag at the entrance
of the Langstrath Valley.
Ahead now are the crags of Low Scawdel.
The dogs rush back to tell us we're nearing
the high part of the old Honister to Grange packhorse track,
just the other side of the wall.
January is always a quieter month in the Lakes,
but the sunny weather has still brought people out for walks.
Over the summit of our route, all the
major climbing done, it is more or less downhill all the way
the rocky summit of Castle Crag, but we'll pass on that.
High light contrast
as we walk down Broadslack Gill Valley.
The track levels off as we reach the broad,
gravel covered bend in the River Derwent.
We turn right and joined the riverside path
under Castle Crag.
Dougal takes himself for a swim in the crystal
From closer to river level the view of the same
mid-stream rock takes on an artistic appearance.
The photo I wanted to take of the clear water
now included darker shadows on the stones and streaks of reflected
The impressive bulk of Castle Crag above as
we take the undulating path through the woods.
Soon the trees thin and finally end and we emerge
onto the grassy fields once more.
With less direct glare from the sun, the outline
of Eagle Crag in the centre of the picture is more obvious now.
Looking back at the final part of the river
walk before we reach 'New Bridge' once again.
On the far side of the valley is Kings How,
with Grange Fell seen through the trees.
the Flock Inn . . .
Sadly no chance of lunch
today . . . but we knew that already.