Walk                 : Castle Crag

                        Date                 : 24th  April 2016

                        Weather           : Dry, variable cloud, cold northerly wind

                        Route Details    : National Trust Car Park at Rosthwaite, via Lingy Bank

                        Distance           : @ 2.4 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 1 hour

                            

 

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        After a very “heavy” first night of our week long holiday in Lakeland at the Ambleside Tavern the intended first walk of Great

                                    Gable and beyond was abandoned as not a sensible idea, hence those of us who were able to walk in a straight line opted for the

                                    soft” option of Wainwright’s smallest classified fell … Castle Crag. What it lacks in height and difficulty it more than makes up

                                    for in charm, quirkiness and a fantastic summit view towards Derwent Water

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

                                   

                                                                             

 

 

 

 

From Keswick follow the B5289 through Grange and head to Rosthwaite. The walk starts at the National Trust Car Park

in the centre of the village.

 

 

Follow the track north towards Yew Tree Farm

 

 

From the track an early view of Castle Crag nestling in front of High Scawdel and High Spy

 

 

Cross the River Derwent over New Bridge

 

 

Over the bridge and heading towards Lingy Bank

 

 

Being careful not to upset the locals ….

 

 

Not long into the walk and a gate on the left gives access to Lingy Bank and a clearly defined track

 

  

 

The path starts to climb gently as it heads towards the old quarry road and in its upper reaches turns into a staircase

 

  

 

At the upper reaches of the path that turns to meet the old quarry road over a stile. At this point the nature of the walk changes completely

 

 

Within yards of crossing the stile the obvious path to the right leads to the slate spoil heap and a rather ingenious route

that leads to the summit

 

 

Take the zigzag path that is carved out through the slate

 

 

High Scawdel from the zigzag path

 

 

The top of the path leads to a plateau which gives a view back down to the Borrowdale valley

 

  

 

The slate sculpture park ….. weird !!

 

 

The path to the summit climbs from the right of the sculpture area through a small area of Larch trees

 

 

The summit mound

 

 

The 1914 -18 Great War memorial to the men of Borrowdale houses the summit shelter cairn

 

 

Stunning views north over Derwent Water towards the Skiddaw range

 

A 360 degree view from the summit of Castle Crag … https://youtu.be/wlecyic1ks4

 

 

                  Blencathra in the distance from the summit cairn                         

 

 

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