3 Days in Borrowdale
We are not Wainwright Baggers. For those not in the know, The Wainwrights are 214 Fells in the Lake District, charted by Alfred Wainwright and bagging is the term for those that like to scale and work their way toward conquering all the fells. For us, they come (the fells) when opportunity presents itself and in early september we made the comparatively short trip from the South Lakes up to Borrowdale, a small, but beautiful valley just 3 miles south of Keswick. Simply with the thirst for the beauty Borrowdale offers and over 3 days go walkies and look for some fine views.
Shortest of the 3 days so we made the relatively short hop up Castle Crag from our base at Borrowdale YHA in Longthwaite.
Castle Crag is the minnow of the Wainwright Fells, the 214th in fact and not even 1,000 feet high, but it more than makes up for it, with stunning views of the valley and north toward Derwentwater. In fact turn the eye in any direction and the vista is breathtaking. The climb is moderately challenging but those views should never hurry your ascent.
Our descent and return to Borrowdale took in a tea cake stop at the lovely Flock Inn Tearoom, in Rosthwaite - very generous slices of cake and a lovely view of the valley.
A round trip from YHA to Stake Pass, Angle Tarn and back to the YHA.
This walk will take you out of Rosthwaite and hug the Stonethwaite Beck toward the Langstrath Valley. The isolated Eagle Crag guides you toward the valley through charming stone walled paths.