Little Castle Crag

This turned out to be our last walk in the Lakes this week, the weather on the Thursday turned to heavy rain and Friday we were leaving. Still this is a fine ending to our week of walks. As many know this is the smallest of the Wainwrights, standing under 300metres it would normally be ignored, but the great man saw something in it and it was included. It is a very popular fell with starting points in Rosthwaite and Grange, making it one of the most trodden of the 214 (Catbells and Helvellyn would vie for that for me!!). The views from the top along Derwent Water are brilliant and are a surprise on such a fell of such short stature. A must for anyone who loves walking in these parts.

Start – Rosthwaite
Route – Cumbria Way – Lingy Bank – Castle Crag – River Derwent – Cumbria Way – Rosthwaite
Distance – 3 miles    Start time – 11am     Time taken –  2 1/2hrs    Highest Point – Castle Crag 290m
Weather – Bit of sunshine, lots of cloud, very warm
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

Castle Crag 1

Starting out along the Cumbrian Way, Castle Crag is over the wall on the right, ahead is Low Scawdel

Castle Crag 2

The stepping stones across the River Derwent

Castle Crag 3

The stile as we head up to Lingy Bank, behind the boys is Eagle Crag with Rosthwaite Fell to the right

Castle Crag 4

The same view across Borrowdale without the boys

Castle Crag 5

At the top of Lingy Bank with Great End the dark, cloud topped fell at the back

Castle Crag 6

Derwent Water and Skiddaw behind me and my youngest

Castle Crag 7

The same shot with my eldest this time, Castle Crag is up on the right and the path breaks off and up from the Allerdale Ramble here

Castle Crag 8

Steep sided valley, the path below (Allerdale Ramble) leads to Grange

Castle Crag 9

The final climb up the quarry spoil slopes

Castle Crag 10

At points along the way people have built mini cairns from the slate spoil heaps

Castle Crag 11

Some are left standing like monuments

Castle Crag 12

Our best smiles for the summit shot!!

Castle Crag 13

Views south with Great End in view along with the Glaramara ridge on the left

Castle Crag 14

The memorial at the top is to the Borrowdale folk who lost their lives in the Great wars

Castle Crag 15

Its a fabulous place to view Derwent Water and Skiddaw

Castle Crag 16

Turning left instead of right at the bottom of the spoil heap path takes you over this stile, and down a steep path towards the River Derwent

Castle Crag 17

Nearly at the bottom, with Eagle Crag again in view across Borrowdale

Castle Crag 18

Water from the river boiling up for a brew!!

Castle Crag 19

Pleased with their days work!! The wooded Castle Crag behind them on the left. Now we headed for Honister Slate Mine, which if you haven’t been is well worth the trip.


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