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Castle Crag, Borrowdale

Hillfort

Fieldnotes

Although very popular with the tourists and with scant traces of defences visible upon the summit plateau - to the layman such as myself, anyway - this hillfort is still very much worth a visit simply because of the superb views up and down Borrowdale to Derwentwater, Skiddaw etc

I would say you're best to stick to the main track since I ended up at a dead-end 'round the back [Low Hows Wood-way] and faced a vertical ascent through trees. Serves me right for trying to avoid the quarry and for being flash.

Castle Crag is a great place to come when low cloud obscures the major summits around and about, with a pleasant walk by the river to get there from Rosthwaite, too. Note, however, that the National Trust holds Borrowdale in a vice-like grip, so if you come by car, either be prepared to park outside the town (if you can) and walk in, or pay an extortionate fee. Now I accept the need for proper maintenance and conservation as much as the next man, but I've heard accusations of liberal Fascism in this respect - certainly outside the summer months - which are arguably hard to dismiss.

Visited September 2008
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18th June 2009ce

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