31st July 2010

Holidays are great but there's nowhere like the Lake District


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.00
Duration 2hr 30 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Allerdale Ramble - High Doat - Seatoller - Rosthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

There are actually two car parks right next to each other in Rosthwaite. One is the official car park and this is reflected in the pay and display price. The other one is simply a number of parking spaces adjoining Rosthwaite Village Hall which has a honesty box on the wall of the building.
I know which one I'd rather give my money to.


Route Map

After three weeks away from the fells on holiday, I was itching to feel some Lakeland ground under my feet. I know I say this every year, but no matter how spectacular the scenery was in the places we've visited, as soon as I get home, I'm reminded that the Lake District really does outdo them all.

A new gate next to New Bridge.

From New Bridge you only have a short walk along this track before turning off to ascend Castle Crag. The bottom section of the path can be seen heading into the trees.


Below Castle Crag.

Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite seen in the valley below the old quarry on Castle Crag.

Facing the opposite direction and looking into the quarry.

Derwent Water, the northern fells and the Grange area of Borrowdale, seen from Castle Crag summit.

And the summit itself.



For such a small fell, Castle Crag certainly has an impressive shape to it. If it were a thousand feet higher, I suspect it would be as overcrowded as many other more popular places.

I'm sure you lot has thick coats on before I went on holiday.

High Doat, beyond the bracken covered fellside.

A view back to Castle Crag.

And in close up.

Looking across to the Thornythwaite Fell ridge curling its way up to Glaramara.

Stonethwaite, Ullscarf and Eagle Crag taken from High Doat.

Some idiot who obviously cares nothing for, and probably knows nothing about the place must have suggested including the word valley on this sign. That's fair enough I suppose, but I just don't understand why someone with a bit of sense couldn't have spoke up and pointed out that it isn't actually called Borrowdale Valley; it's just called Borrowdale.

In the drizzle at Seatoller.

I was going to take the longer route back to the car via Stonethwaite. That was until it started raining heavier than it had been, so I carried along the road instead. I'm not exactly a fair weather walker, but I just don't see the point in walking in the rain for the sake of it.

A view through to Stonethwaite and Eagle Crag.

Almost back at the car now and time for a picture of a deserted Rosthwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks