22nd January 2012

Castle Crag, High Doat and the head of Borrowdale


Walk Overview
Time 10.55 to 14 20
Duration 3 hr 25 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Allerdale Ramble - Tongue Gill - High Doat - Seatoller - Stonethwaite - 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

When we left home it was blowing a gale and raining, so we opted for a lower level walk with lots of options for cutting it short if the weather had ended up being really bad. As it turned out, we remained dry throughout and the wind dropped to a degree that wasn't worth talking about.
This is Yewtree Farm in Rosthwaite, often visited by a certain HRH.

Heading along the lonning between Rosthwaite and New Bridge.

WOW, what a neat job.

New Bridge.


Standing stones in the old quarry near Castle Crag summit.

A view down to the Rosthwaite / Stronethwaite area of Borrowdale.

The summit of Castle Crag offers a superb view over Derwent Water to the Skiddaw fells.

Reading the memorial at the summit

Time to head back down the zigzag path through the slate.

Castle Crag, offering a somewhat dramatic foreground for a picture looking towards Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells.

On the Allerdale Ramble.
The fell ahead of us is High Doat which makes a nice, short detour as you're heading towards Seatoller.

Borrowdale seen from our crossing point of Tongue Gill.

Looking up Tongue Gill towards Rigghead Quarries.

"Don't be shy, come out and say hello"

Castle Crag, taken from the path onto High Doat.

and again, this time from the top of the fell.

A close up of Stonethwaite.

And not so close up. The bulky looking fell in the centre of the picture is Ullscarf.


Above Seatoller.

Cottages in Seatoller.

Seatoller Farm B&B.

and if you were wondering where you can go from here, , , , ,

Stonethwaite Church.

Inside the church, , , nice and warm on a winters day.

Now this I'd really like to hear. It certainly wouldn't have the power of the huge church and cathedral organs, but the intimacy of the sound from these smaller instruments is just a beautiful in their own way. Yes, I already know I'm a bit odd; apart from the fell walking my other passion is music, more so if I'm honest, and in particular late 17th century and early 18th century of which organ music played a big part.
Anyway: on with the walk.

Eagle Crag, seen from the roadside between Stonethwaite and Rosthwaite.

Back in Rosthwaite; just before it started to rain.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks