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Castle Crag

A fine 5.5 mile walk and when the weather is fine one of the best views into Borrrowdale. Castle crag stands at 290m in the North Western fells and is covered by Wainwright’s book number 6 - and you will need OS map OL4 to help you along the route. The route is not hard and there is nothing challenging along the way however you must only do it in the dry due to the loose slate, which is like glass when wet and it is steep in some parts. The route starts in the village of Rosthwaite (Map) and you will find a national trust car park, if you are a member its free for the day. We first headed for the River Derwent using the cumbrian way that lies west of the village and once found headed north and crossed over new bridge (Map) with a grand view of castle crag. The journey up the crag is steep and some of it is on sheet slate due to extensive Quarrying in the past, near to the top you will find some strange features people have made from the slate and I am told that they are often taken down to reappear again in no time at all. Once on the top make sure you look at the memorial (map) to the Borrowdale men that were killed in WW1. On the day we climbed to the top the weather was fantastic and we stayed on the summit for a good while just taking in the views over Derwent water and the fells around. From the top we made our way down heading south around the flanks of High Doat and into the village of Seatoller (map) then along Johnny wood keeping an eye out for red Squirrels and back to the car park. A fine walk in grand weather made this one of the best we have ever done and you will not be disappointed one bit. A short drive later into Buttermere and the Fish Inn (Map) for a pint finished it off nicely and once there we planned out the big walk for the next days ramble.

The fell has an impressive appearance, a rugged height apparently blocking the valley of Borrowdale, which is squeezed between Castle Crag and Grange Fell, its neighbour on the other side. This narrow gorgeknown as the 'Jaws of Borrowdale', and is prominent in views fromKeswick and Derwentwater.
High Spy, the parent fell, forms part of the north-south ridge between Borrowdale and the Newlands Valley. The rough spur of Low Scawdel (1,709 ft) runs out due east from the summit, breaking steeply over Goat Crag and then falling to Broadslack Gill. This small tributary of the River Derwent separates High Spy from Castle Crag.
The wooded height of Castle Crag rises between Broadslack Gill and the Derwent, the two streams meeting to the north beneath the outlying knoll of Low Hows. It has steep faces on all sides except the south, where a low ridge runs out and then swings west around the head of Broadslack Gill. A narrow
col here provides the topographic link to High Spy.

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