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Walk : Rosthwaite (1,807 ft) from Stonethwaite

Date : 25th August 2021

Weather : Dry, sunny, warm @ 23C

 

Distance : 3.5 miles round trip

Difficulty : Medium, the steep pull-up to the Col is considerable

 

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Terrain Overview

 

A love of the Lakes - 3d view of the walk up to Rosthwaite Fell

 

Overview

 

The fine weather returned to Lakeland this week, and we chose the Wednesday to make the journey

up to Stonethwaite in the Borrowdale Valley to climb Rosthwaite Fell. The climb up to the col at the top

of Big Stanger Gill is extremely steep, but thankfully the path has had some considerable work to make

it stepped so as to ease the climb somewhat. The views on top are exceptional

 

A love of the Lakes - The car parking at Stonethwaite

 

From Keswick head out down the Borrowdale valley to the hamlet of Rosthwaite. The narrow lane leading

up to the hamlet provides additional parking if the main car parking area is full

 

A love of the Lakes - Setting off down the road to Stonethwaite

 

Setting off down the road to Stonethwaite

 

A love of the Lakes - Passing through Stonethwaite and keep right so as to take the path to the campsite

 

Down the lane passing through Stonethwaite and keep right so as to take the path to the campsite

 

A love of the Lakes - At the end of the lane a signpost indicates to branch off down a stony track towards the camp site

 

At the end of the lane a signpost indicates to branch off down a stony track towards the camp site

 

A love of the Lakes - Heading out towards the camp site

 

Heading out towards the camp site

 

A love of the Lakes - Directly opposite the camp site entrance on the left a wooden gate gives access to the steep path that
runs parallel to Big Stanger Gill

 

Directly opposite the camp site entrance on the left a wooden gate gives access to the steep path that

runs parallel to Big Stanger Gill

 

A love of the Lakes - The climb starts immediately from the gate. It is stepped to assist with the steepness

 

The climb starts immediately from the gate. It is stepped to assist with the steepness

 

A love of the Lakes - Big Stanger Gill from the path

 

Big Stanger Gill from the path

 

A love of the Lakes - A strange cluster of toadstools

 

A strange cluster of toadstools

 

A love of the Lakes - The path climbs ever more steeply

 

The path climbs ever more steeply

 

A love of the Lakes - After some 30 minutes of hard toil we approach the col at the top of the gill

 

After some 30 minutes of hard toil, we approach the col at the top of the gill

 

A love of the Lakes - Approaching Bull Crag - the point at which you have to cross over the Gill. The path is clear throughout

 

Approaching Bull Crag and just after passing this you reach the point at which you have to cross over

the Gill. The path is unmistakably clear throughout

 

 

On reaching the col, thankfully the terrain becomes less steep and the path is still easy to follow

 

A love of the Lakes - Looking back towards Stonethwaite from the col above Big Stanger Gill

 

Looking back towards Stonethwaite from the col above Big Stanger Gill

 

A love of the Lakes - The path eventually leads to a gate in a retaining fence, after which the terrain becomes more boggy

 

The path eventually leads to a gate in a retaining fence, after which the terrain becomes more boggy

 

A love of the Lakes - The path skirts right round the base of a number of rock outcrops known as Rancom Bands

 

The path skirts right round the base of a number of rock outcrops known as Rancom Bands

 

A love of the Lakes - An indication of how boggy the ground is. The path however skirts the edge of the bog

 

An indication of how boggy the ground is. The path however skirts the edge of the bog

 

A love of the Lakes - The approach to the summit starts by skirting left around the base of the Fell towards a Tarn

 

The approach to the summit starts by skirting left around the base of the Fell towards a Tarn

 

A love of the Lakes - Looking north towards Fleetwith Pike from the path to the Tarn

 

Looking north towards Fleetwith Pike from the path to the Tarn

 

 

Tarn at Leaves. The path skirts the base of the fell to make an approach to the summit from the southern

face just near the tarn

 

 

From the path (close to the tarn) look out for a break in the rocks which then leads to the summit approach

 

A love of the Lakes - The approach to the summit of Rosthwaite Fell

 

The approach to the summit of Rosthwaite Fell

 

A love of the Lakes - Looking towards Skiddaw from the summit approach

 

Looking towards Skiddaw from the summit approach

 

A love of the Lakes - Sue on the summit of Rosthwaite Fell

 

Sue on the summit of Rosthwaite Fell. Click here for a 360-degree view https://youtu.be/gdXPNNc2tS8

 

A love of the Lakes - Looking east towards the two summits of Sergeants Crag and Eagle Crag

 

Looking east towards the two summits of Sergeants Crag and Eagle Crag

 

A love of the Lakes - Looking over the top of Ullscarf towards the Helvellyn range

 

Looking over the top of Ullscarf towards the Helvellyn range

 

A love of the Lakes - Rob and Sue on the summit of Rosthwaite Fell

 

We stayed on the summit for some considerable time and had the good fortune to be joined by Jackie &

Darren from Ulverston, who had already been across to Sergeant Crag and Eagle Crag. We chatted for

some while about our separate Wainwright walking journeys and they obliged us with this team shot at

the summit. Thank you for your company Jackie & Darren

 

A love of the Lakes - Looking down to Tarn at Leaves with Rosthwaite Cam in the background

 

Looking down to Tarn at Leaves with Rosthwaite Cam in the background

 

A love of the Lakes - The northern face of Pike o Stickle peeping up over High Raise

 

The northern face of Pike o Stickle peeping up over High Raise

 

A love of the Lakes - Back down at Stonethwaite as the early evening sun casts its shadows over Borrowdale

 

Back down at Stonethwaite as the early evening sun casts its shadows over Borrowdale

 

 

 

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