Round Castle Crag Start: Rosthwaite, Borrowdale Valley Distance: 3.5 miles Time: 1-1:30 hours
This a beautiful, short route which takes in fantastic views over Derwent water, hidden caves and lovely grassy descents – a great way to familiarise yourself with Borrowdale.
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See OS Maps route for full route – this description is for information only.
1. Park in the National Trust car park in Rosthwaite. It is right next to the fantastic Flock Inn Tearoom for post run coffee.
2. Head along the track to the river and cross the humpback bridge. Follow the path alongside the river and into the woods. In the woods you could also take a detour on a path to the left to find Millican Dalton’s cave, a cave where a self-styled “professor of adventure” lived for 50 years. https://www.keswick.org/explore/history-culture/millican-dalton . The woods are an ancient temperate rainforest full of plant and animal life. If the weather is good enough you might also be tempted enough to take a dip in the River Derwent.
3. At a small beach and before a wooden bridge you’ll want to take a path left up the hill. A good opportunity to take a walking break whilst hiking up the hill. Don’t forget to turn round to appreciate the view back towards Keswick.
4. Near the top you may want to take a small detour to the summit of Castle Crag which has stunning views of the whole Borrowdale Valley. Return the way you came.
5. Carry on along the path while it levels out. A little way along head left through some gates. Here you are leaving the main path and following a faint trod. Follow this through a number of fields, always on the top of a slight ridge, this a great, fast, grassy descent down to the corner of the field. A fun way to practice downhill running and far more enjoyable than the steps on the main Castle Crag route.
6. Follow the trod back to the river and, if the river is low, turn right and cross at the stepping stones, otherwise head back to the stone bridge you came over earlier. Head to the Flock Inn or the Scafell Inn for a well earned coffee or pint.