Monday, November 5, 2012

Castle Crag

After yesterday's exertions, and as I was carrying my injury, we opted for an easy walk today.  It felt a bit like we were cheating.  It would have been a great day for an epic run, walk or bike.  Cold autumn day, snow on the higher ground but blue skies and sunshine.  Nevertheless, Castle Crag is a classic so that's where we headed.

route taken

From Rosthwaite we headed along to the river and then along the river where the path has been rebuilt since the devastation of the 2009 floods.

We crossed over the nice stone bridge and then through the fields that always have big scary cows in them.

We then took the steep path up before the main track enters the woods.  After climbing the wall, we then went up the zig zag scree path to the quarry and the summit.

Retracing our steps, we went back down to the wall before heading north along the Allerdale Ramble to the river where we turned back and followed the course of the river back to Rosthwaite.

We stopped on the way back for a look in Dalton's Cave before heading into Keswick for the usual stop off at The Lakeland Pedlar. 

one of those big cows

the Jaws of Borrowdale

scree path to the quarry

looking out from the quarry level over Borrowdale

top of Castle Crag

from the top looking north to Skiddaw, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra all snow capped.  Walla Crag is jutting out centre-right just under and to the left of Blencathra behind.

snowy Scafells visible in the middle

really pretty section of the River Derwent.  I saw a kingfisher fly backwards and forwards here

finished off with a play in Dalton's Cave

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