Castle Crag is easily overlooked by the backdrop of Low Scawdel and the flanks of High Spy, camouflaged with a sprinkling of trees. It is quite separate from its parent, a ravine runs northeast - southwest.
The starting point for this walk is the village of Rosthwaite which, according to a sign, is the social centre of Borrowdale. Parking is available at the National Trust P&D car park. The Honister Rambler bus service also passes through the village, with a stop at the end of the road to the crag.
If you need accommodation we have details of 11 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Turn right out of the car park along the lane, past the village hall next door and continue to the barn and Yew Tree Farm's Flock-in tea room. Bear right past the farm yard, and kennels into the lane with stone walls either side.
Reaching the river Derwent and the ford, don't cross, but bear right along the track to New Bridge.
Cross here, and bear right, go through the gate and follow the track alongside the river.
After 200m (220 yards), at the small wooded knoll, bear left, and then to the gate. Go through, and continue on the stone pitched path climbing the hillside.
Pass the level on your left with the small stone shelter, and at the top of the zigzags go through the gap in the wall.
Continue on the path to the grass col.
Bear right to the ladder stile. The rungs are a little narrow but Jessie managed to climb it unaided after a little hesitation.
Head up to the cairn at the bottom of the spoil heap. The path looks worse than it is.
Climb up the zigzags through the spoil to the summit quarry. Marvel at all the standing stones! Quite a bizarre sight.
Bear right to the trees and follow the path up the grass slope to the summit. There is a war memorial here to the Borrowdale fallen.
Return by the same way. However it's worth noting the stile below the spoil heap might be a bit tricky and a dog might take a tumble down the bank if it slips. A lower stile further down the bank to the right has no such difficulties. The grass col, and the path, can be found by bearing left away from the fence and up the grass slope.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Millican Dalton's Cave - Castle Crag, Borrowdale||same start point|
|Dock Tarn, Great Crag, and Watendlath, from Rosthwaite||14m (15 yards) away|
|Eagle Crag, Sergeant's Crag and Ullscarf||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|Skinny Dipping in Blackmoss Pot||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|The Glaramara Wainwrights||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|A Short Walk to The Bowder Stone||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Lodore Falls, Watendlath, Grange Fell, and the Bowder Stone circular||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via the Corridor Route||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell||3.5km (2.2 miles) away|
|Grey Knotts and Brandreth circular from Honister||3.5km (2.2 miles) away|
|A Short Stroll to Lodore Falls||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|A Short Walk From Ashness Bridge to High Seat||4.9km (3.1 miles) away|
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