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Walk Details - 04/08/2014 Castle Crag - My double century!

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Ali (Ali Watson)
2200 ft. (Estimated)
6.04 miles (Estimated)
4hrs 10mins
Me and Betbet
NT car park, Rostwaite - 6 for 4hrs... bargain....
Patchy sun, warm, little wind
Rosthwaite, Castle Crag, Grange, King's How, Rosthwaite
Type of walk:
Fell walk
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Ali's Walk Summary/Comments:
After a long lay-off from fell walking, mainly due to a major bathroom renovation project, I finally got back out on the fells to hit Castle Crag. I'd picked this because it was the smallest Wainwright I had left... I knew I was out of shape, so thought I'd use it as a sort of training exercise to ease myself back in!

Having been fleeced by the NT car park machine, we struck off to meet with the River Derwent before the ascent. Starting the climb, it dawned on me just how unfit I'd become. DIY may be good for the soul (according to my Dad), but it's no bloody good for keeping you fit. Looking on the bright side, this gave me plenty of opportunities during breathers to look back on the lower end of Borrowdale, which became more and more gorgeous as we gained height.

Regardless of fitness concerns, this is a relatively small climb and we soon reached the quirky zig-zag slag path just before the top. Another short pull and we were there. My 200th Wainwright! A good while was spent admiring the views and nattering with another walker before retracing our steps back to the col between Castle Crag and High Spy.

The original plan had been to go around the north end of Castle Crag and follow the river back. Not surprisingly on reaching the turning point I decided I hadn't had enough. A quick scoot at the map, and I found we could continue our wander across the other side of the river and up to Grange Fell. Some might question my decision, taking into account my lack of walking recently, but I was in the zone!

There followed an arduous climb (for me anyway) up towards King's How. Almost at the top I picked Betty up to get over a large slab of rock when my feet shot out from under me. Not wanting to crush Betty I dropped her to the side, but in doing so ended up landing on my knuckles, almost punching the rock as I came down. Bugger...

Reaching King's How summit I admired the view north over Derwent, momentarily forgetting the blood running from both hands! Looking over towards Brund Fell, I realised how much the climb had taken out of my weak and feeble legs, and decided to re-visit the proper top of Grange Fell on another day.

We tromped downwards through deep bracken, enjoying the views ahead over Borrowdale before the final road ramble back to Rossthwaite - if I'd looked at my map I would have noticed there is a better route back to the left of the road. But I didn't... idiot! 14 left!

Area:Lake District - North Western - Cumbria
Fells climbed:Castle Crag - King's How - Grange Fell
POI's:No POI's.
OS Outdoor Leisure:4S
OS Landranger:89 90
Wainwrights - 1 : Birketts - 1

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 Comments ...

Posted by Whitby Mick - 07:35 16/09/2014

Thanks for your excellent report & photos Ali. Like you I was fleeced by that parking machine and then I found out that you can park at the village hall next door for a fraction of the price

Posted by Ali - 17:12 16/09/2014

Hi Mick, glad you enjoyed it! I've used the village hall next door before, but unfortunately it's only small and was full... that'll teach me to set off late!

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