28th August 2004

Half way to Green Gable, walk abandoned then Borrowdale and Castle Crag


Walk Overview
Time 07.45 to 14.50
Duration 7 hr 5 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 2644 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Seathwaite - Sourmilk Gill - Gillercomb - Sourmilk Gill - Seathwaite - Mountain view - Folly Bridge - Rosthwaite - Castle Crag - Tongue Gill - Seatoller - Seathwaite Bridge - Seathwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking leading to Seathwaite, Borrowdale

The popularity of the fells around here are more than reflected in the number of cars you find lining the road from Seathwaite Farm working back in the direction of Seatollor. I'm almost tempted to say that this is somewhere you'll never fail to get parked. Simply join the back of the line on the grass verge.

Parking is free and there is a tea room and toilets at Seathwaite.


Route Map

Looking down to the head of Borrowdale Valley from the route up to Gillercomb.

The start of Gillercomb, one of the high valleys in the Lake District.

Looking back along our route through Gillercombe. It was raining by now and it was getting darker. The walk we had planned to do was up to Base Brown, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts and back down by Honister Pass. We carried on in the rain for about 15 minutes. all the time it was getting heavier and the wind was getting stronger. We then made the decision to abandon the walk and head back into Seatheaite.

Walking through the edge of Johnny Wood, near Folly Bridge. The route we followed took us along some very nice stretches of river and past some lovely typical Lakeland cottages.

The Flock Inn Cafe and Tea Rooms, Rosthwaite. Very nice tea and cake.

New Bridge between Rosthwaite and the start of the path up Castle Crag.

Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite from the path up Castle Crag. The pointed fell in the center of the photo is Eagle Crag.

And again from just below Castle Crag summit.

Castle Crag summit looking towards Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells. You can see Blencathra in the far distance on the right, with Walla Crag in front of it. The line of houses across the center of the photo is Grange.
The walk up Castle Crag is very steep in places, but well worth the effort. At 951 feet this is one of the smallest fells, but the views of Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells are arguably better from this summit than any of its much bigger neighbors. Its a pity conditions weren't at their best today, but the picture gives some idea of what to expect on a clear day.

Behind Castle Crag looking down to Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells.

Behind Castle Crag looking down to Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells again. The path we followed from here to Seatoller is part of the Allerdale Ramble route.

Castle Crag from the path near High Doat.

Looking back along the road to Seatoller from the start of the Seathwaite road.

The borrowdale fells from the roadside car park at Seathwaite. The highest point on the left is Brund Fell and next to that is High Seat.

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Lake District Walks