20th March 2013

Castle Crag, Seatoller and Rosthwaite


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 12.30
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Castle Crag - Tongue Gill - Allerdale Ramble - Honister Pass - Seatoller - Folly Bridge - Longthwaite - New Bridge - 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


Life in an old tree stump.

Yew Tree Farm in Rosthwaite.

The track to New Bridge.

and the bridge itself.

After a short walk from Rosthwaite we leave the valley floor and start the ascent of Castle Crag, On the far side of the picture are Eagle Crag and Bessyboot.

Just below the summit you pass by the old quarry. Apart from a very big hole in the side of the fell there isn't a huge amount to see here except for all the pieces of slate that people have taken the time to pile up and stand on their sides, , , ,

, , , like this one.

and this one seen in front of the Rosthwaite / Stonethwaite area of Borrowdale.

Castle Crag summit.

The view towards Derwent Water from the top of Castle Crag.

This is the bottom of the zigzag path through the spoil heaps. It's a little steep and loose under foot but it doesn't last long at all. Anyone who has already been here will no doubt remember the chink, chink, chink of the slate under foot.   A seemingly unclimbable (I wonder if that's a real word) wall of slate.

Castle Crag in front of Derwent Water.

and again


Striding out along the route that takes us to Honister Pass and (or) Seatoller.

Looking back to Castle Crag.

We're on the old (original ??) Honister Pass track now. We followed this for a short distance before dropping down to the modern road and into Seatoller.

If the screams and shouts were anything to go by the water must have been absolutely freezing.
One them must have lost a wellington somewhere around here. We saw them again later and one of them was getting a pigyback. One foot had a wellington on and the other just had a sock.


This Bridge was built
at the Expence of John
Braithwaite of Seatoller
in the Year of our Lord
By Thomas Hayton and
Richard Bowness
I count this folly you have done
As you have neither Wife nor Son
Daughter I have God give her grace
And Heaven for her Resting place

This is the woodland path between Folly Bridge and Longthwaite. It's been years since we walked along here, so long, that Jennifer couldn't remember walking this way at all; even though I told her she definitely had.

Blimey, this looks a bit drastic. Surely it can't be that steep along here, , , , or can it.

"It's your stupid fault for bringing me along here"

"Never mind who's to blame, you just stay there and I'll go and find a ladder from somewhere. And whatever you do don't let go"

Passing by Longthwaite Farm.

Kings How and Grange Fell seen through a gateway on route back to Rosthwaite.

Jennifer volunteered to go into the shop to buy some cake and I volunteered to eat it when she came out.

To finish, a picture looking through Borrowdale. Castle Crag is the one in the centre covered in trees and the pointed one in the far distance is Cat Bells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks