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
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Starting out along the Cumbrian Way, Castle Crag is over the wall on the right, ahead is Low Scawdel
The stepping stones across the River Derwent
The stile as we head up to Lingy Bank, behind the boys is Eagle Crag with Rosthwaite Fell to the right
The same view across Borrowdale without the boys
At the top of Lingy Bank with Great End the dark, cloud topped fell at the back
Derwent Water and Skiddaw behind me and my youngest
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
Steep sided valley, the path below (Allerdale Ramble) leads to Grange
The final climb up the quarry spoil slopes
At points along the way people have built mini cairns from the slate spoil heaps
Some are left standing like monuments
Our best smiles for the summit shot!!
Views south with Great End in view along with the Glaramara ridge on the left
The memorial at the top is to the Boorowdale folk who lost their lives in the Great wars
Its a fabulous place to view Derwent Water and Skiddaw
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
Nearly at the bottom, with Eagle Crag again in view across Borrowdale
Water from the river boiling up for a brew!!
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.