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 ….



                        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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