Walk Report: Central Fells Day 2

 

Date: 21st Oct 2007
Stats: 11.0 miles, 1400 feet
Weather: Bright and sunny, windy on the tops, wet underfoot but no rain
Trig Points: 0
Fells: 1: Castle Crag
Other Info: Extensive, but expensive parking options in Keswick
Summary: Stonethwaite, Seatoller, Castle Crag, Grange, Cumbria Way along the Derwent Water shoreline, Keswick

Key to symbols:
= Trig Point     = Wainwright

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Stonethwaite Farm B&B

Keswick and Stonethwaite
A misty start to the day in Borrowdale

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Following the Allerdale Ramble here, from Seatoller, towards Castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
The sunlight at this time of day was perfect, it made the oranges and browns of the bracken and other flora glow

Keswick and Stonethwaite
I’d only ever seen Castle Crag on the Wainwright Walks show with Julia Bradbury and she enthused about it. I totally agree, the approach from Seatoller is awesome and the Crag itself is just the most incredible place. From the path built out of the scree slopes to the memorial on the top and the splendid views – this is possibly my favourite fell to date!

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Approaching Castle Crag. If its possible, the weather today is even better than yesterday.

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Dry beck on the path to Castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
The bridge over Tongue Gill

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Castle Crag. You can just make out the slate scree which makes up part of the path to the summit

Keswick and Stonethwaite
The path continues along the foot of Castle Crag, down towards Keswick.

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Scree slope comprising millions of slate pieces makes for an interesting path up the side of castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
You have to be careful where you put your feet.

Keswick and Stonethwaite
View across the valley from the path up to Castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Lower slopes of Castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
View towards Keswick and Skiddaw from the summit of Castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
The path running along the valley floor below Castle Crag

Keswick and Stonethwaite
River Derwent

Keswick and Stonethwaite

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Derwent Water

Keswick and Stonethwaite
Not sure you can see them on this shot, but the path up to Catbells was literally a caterpillar of people at about 11am on this Sunday. Probably 50 or 60 people in this shot alone. There was a queue visible at one particularly narrow point that we could see. Compare that to the solitude we found on Castle Crag – only a couple of miles further along the valley! No contest for me!

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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