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image for Walking Route item typeBorrowdale and Castle Crag at Keswick

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View over Borrowdale to Derwent Water and Skiddaw

View over Borrowdale to Derwent Water and Skiddaw


Slap bang in the middle of Borrowdale is Castle Crag. It's rather small, this perfectly formed little peak, but it nevertheless managed to resist the erosive forces of the valley glacier and remains today with its head high above the trees. A walk round and up it is a unique experience in the Lake District as no other valley in the area has a similar feature. From its summit you can peer up and down the valley and take in the grand views that are on offer; then from its flanks you can experience the intimacy of the surrounding woods and river banks. This is essentially a low level walk but the ground under foot is rough in parts and shelter can take some time to get to so dress as you would for higher fells.

Duration: 2 hours

Miles: 4

Time/Effort 1 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 263
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Map reference: NY 266234  Lat: 54.60041 Long: -3.13767

Take jct 40 from the M6 onto the A66 from Penrith to Keswick.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Penrith station