Castle Crag

Date: 16 Nov 2018 Weather: 11C, cloudy, light wind
Height gain: 856 ft Distance: 3.7 miles
Time taken: 2 hrs 20 mins Wainwrights: 51 of 214

Route:  From Grange through Holmcrag wood following the path then taking a left hand turn up the steep slate scree and back the same way.

The weather has been wet for a few days and while today is overcast and damp we’re keen to get out.  We decide that we’ll go for the short walk up Castle Crag – a bit of a drive but we both like the idea.

It’s nearly midday by the time we get to the lovely but tiny village of Grange and the limited car parking spaces are already full.  We drive through the village and turn around and just before we drive back across the bridge a space becomes available by the phone box outside the church and we quickly park up.

We boot up and set off past the little café to pick up the woodland path past the campsite.  The weather is quite dull but it’s still a pretty path:


We follow the path as it makes it way gently uphill.  We need to take a left hand turn up the last 300ft and look out for paths.  We pick one and start to make our way more steeply upwards.

The last 200ft are on almost vertical slatey scree – a spoil heap from an old quarry.  Castle Crag may be the shortest Wainwright at 985ft but this last little bit is actually quite challenging.

We manage to make our way up the steep final stages and reach the top:


The light up here makes the scenery look almost unearthly and is really enhancing the views on this gloomy day.

The view east towards King’s How looks impressive – with Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag ending the ridge behind it:


The views towards Derwenwater are quite misty and Blencathra is lost in cloud:


I’m quite mesmerised by the shafts of low sunlight to the west:


We sit and enjoy the views for a while before plucking up the courage to tackle that 200ft of steep shaley slate.  In the event it’s not that bad and we’re soon back on the easy path back to Grange.

We haven’t brought any food with us today and it’s getting on past 2pm so, unusually for us, we spot that the café is open and have a very enjoyable “healthy” alfresco lunch:


Castle Crag is a great little walk in a beautiful area and the glowery weather added to the experience today.

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