Castle Crag

  • Distance: 4.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

Kings How and Castle Crag form the dramatic jaws of Borrowdale. The ragged crags resemble teeth.

Castle Crag stands at 951 feet, it’s the only fell below 1000ft that has been awarded Wainwright’s recognition, featuring in his ‘Guide to the Lake District Fells’. Wainwright described it as being: “magnificently independent, ruggedly individual and aggressively unashamed of its lack of inches.”

Parking at the National Trust car park in Rosthwaite, follow the path that runs up to the River Derwent. After a few minutes walk along the river bank, turn off after New Bridge and climb Lingy Bank. This eventually joins a wider path that takes you to the foot of Castle Crag.

The ascent is steep but short. With fantastic views of the Borrowdale valley and Derwentwater below.

Retrace your steps and then rejoin the track at Broadslack Gill. Upon reaching the river, turn off and follow the Cumbrian Way through the surrounding woodland, where you’ll find yourself taken back to New Bridge.

As Wainwright stated: ‘Borrowdale is the loveliest square mile of the Lake District’- and with this walk it’s easy to see why.

A view of Castle Crag from the village of Rosthwaite Photography by Andrew Locking