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A Quick Hop up Castle Crag

A Quick Hop up Castle Crag


Postby Christo1979 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:51 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Castle Crag

Date walked: 17/03/2019

Time taken: 3

Distance: 8.02 km

Ascent: 338m

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After the previous day's bad weather experience on Catbells, and an unexpected overnight stay at the Derwentwater hostel, I thought I'd squeeze one more Wainwright in before heading home, and opted for the intriguing Castle Crag. A pleasant walk alongside the heavily flooded lake took me to Grange, form where I followed the woodland path through to Broadside Gill, and up towards Castle Crag.

ImageA Flooded Derwent Water by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

The weather was infinitely better, the walking easy, the path good - a new experience for me :lol:

ImageLooking back towards Derwent Water by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

The steep but well-engineered slate path up to the summit of Castle Crag made for some glorious views, and whereas the previous day I had hardly seen a soul, this little gem of a Wainwright was quite busy, so I had to wait patiently for people-free photos and views :lol:

ImageAscending Castle Crag by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageAscending Castle Crag by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageAscending Castle Crag by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

I spent a while investigating the flat summit, looking back over Derwent Water and of course south to higher peaks still with snow on the tops, and left only very reluctantly, before taking the fairly steep but easy path down towards Rosthwaite, rather than retrace my steps to Grange. I arrived too early for the bus back to Keswick (but at least they were running again!), too early for the pub, but after the fairly savage weather on all my recent Lake District walks, I was delighted to have enjoyed some views and stayed dry :lol:

A stunning little Wainwright.

ImageLooking South from Castle Crag by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageLooking South from Castle Crag by Christopher Watson, on Flickr
Christo1979
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