Lake District Walks
Date: 26th May 2006
Distance: 2.1 miles
Ascent: 796 feet
Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
With: Lisa and Dave
Start Grid Ref: NY249167
A very short early evening ramble on to the fine viewpoint of Castle Crag and a return through the lovely Low Hows Wood.
Route Summary: Hollows Farm - Broadslack Gill - Castle Crag - Cumbria Way - Low Hows Wood - Hollows Farm.
1. Looking up at Castle Crag
2. The steep slopes of Castle Crag
3. Rosthwaite Fell from Castle Crag
4. Castle Crag Quarry
5. The cairn and war memorial on the summit of Castle Crag
6. Looking across Borrowdale to King's How
7. Eagle Crag
8. Millican Dalton's Cave?
9. The River Derwent
Walk Detail: After the low cloud and rain earlier in the day the evening came out nice with a few welcome patches of blue sky and sunshine. As a result we decided to visit Castle Crag which we’d missed out earlier in the day on the way back from High Spy.
It was a fantastic little ramble and indeed was almost perfect for a little evening walk. Remarkably we didn’t even see anybody else which is a rarity in the Lake District. The climb up Castle Crag was steep but short with a cleverly built path zig-zagging up through the slate.
The view from the war memorial is excellent and is matched only by King’s How as a view point of Borrowdale and Derwent Water from the south. We had excellent views of Grange Fell, Eagle’s Crag, Rosthwaite Fell and Glaramara while getting our first sighting of Base Brown the first and as it turned out only fell on the next day’s itinerary. The return was through Low Hows Wood, another lovely stretch of natural woodland.