Climbs 45
Rocktype Slate
Altitude 175m a.s.l
Faces W

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Crag features

An often loose and serious crag. Zoar(HVS), Face in the Crowd(E3), Disillusion(S), Irrawaddy(HVS), RIP(HVS), Blue Max(HVS).

Approach notes

25 minutes from Grange in Borrowdale.


Borrowdale (2016)
Borrowdale (2000)
Out of print:
Borrowdale (1990)
Castle Crag stands alone in the Borrowdale Valley squeezed between the fells of High Spy and Grange Fell, they form the Jaws of Borrowdale, a narrow entrance to this beautiful dale. It’s summit provides impressive views. To the north the River Derwent snakes through the wooded valley toward Derwent Water, the town of Keswick and the lofty heights of Skiddaw framed by the slopes of the Borrowdale fells. To the south is valley farmland and the villages of Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite with the fells rising up behind them. Castle Crag was an ancient hill fort, has extensive slate quarry workings and was home to Millican Dalton an eccentric "Professor of Adventure" who lived in caves near the summit for over 20 years. Despite Castle Crag being less than 1,000ft, it’s 980ft high, Alfred Wainwright classified it as a Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells and said of Castle Crag, that it ‘is so magnificently independent, so ruggedly individual, so aggressively unashamed of its lack of inches, that less than justice would be done by relegating it to a paragraph in the High Spy chapter.’ Recently it was made famous by Julie Bradbury in the BBC series, Wainwright Walks. Directions To the summit Castle Crag is situated at the south end of Derwent Water between the villages of Grange and Rosthwaite. Grange is 4 miles south from Keswick down the B5289, the Borrowdale Road. Take a right over Grange Bridge, signposted ‘Grange, Newlands’ and park in the village, some good places near the church. Walk up the road and before the church on the right take a left down a lane between a house and a wall, it signposted Public Footpath to Castle Crag and Rosthwaite. Walk up the lane and into the trees were the lane becomes rougher and follows the river, keep left. The lane comes out of the trees and ascends gradually between Castle Crag on your left and High Spy on your right. You pass the rocky crags of Castle Crag and before you reach the top of the pass above, where the path crosses beck turn left up a path that goes up the slope following a stream for a short while then up the slate steps to the wall above. Cross the wall by the stile and follow the steep zig-zag path up the slate workings, this is steep for a while and hard work. Once at the top of the zig-zags there is a quarry on your left - the summit is round to the right. It is a relatively flat grassy area above the trees with the odd rocky outcrop, one has a metal war memorial attached to it.
Michael Ryan - 21/Jan/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Mister Meaner
E4 6b *  
2 Castle Crag summit
summit 163
3 The Astronaut Next Door
HVS 5c  
4 Gardeners' World
MVS 4b 3
5 Swine Trek
E1 5b 2
6 Epithet VS 4b * 26
7 Vortigern
HVS 5a * 6
8 Zoar
HVS 5b ** 18
9 A Face in the Crowd
E3 6a ** 6
10 Disillusion
S * 16
11 Lyre
S 5a 9
12 Irrawaddy HVS 5a ** 16
13 Vortex HVS 5b 4
14 Castle of Fire
HVS 5a  
15 Corridors of Power
E3 5c 2
16 The Blue Max
HVS 5a ** 5
17 Libido
VS 4c 3
18 R.I.P.
HVS 5a ** 16
19 Epitaph
E1 5b 3
20 Castle Wall
HVS 5a 1
21 Castle Crag Gully
VD 3
22 The Fortress
HVS 5a * 2
23 Tomb Raider
E5 6b *  
24 Suspended Animation
E4 6a  
25 Big Business
E3 6b *  
26 Zombie in the Dark
E3 6c 1
27 Mac's Crack
VS 4c  
28 One Across
E1 5c  
29 The Crystal Maze
S 1
30 Crystal Gazer
31 The Dark Crystal
HVS 5b  
32 Green Death
E2 5b  
33 Karaoke
VS 1
34 Sheriff of Nottingham
E6 6b **  
35 In the Blood
E6 6c  
36 Liquid Morphine
E2 5c ** 3
37 Cold Lazarus
E3 6a * 3
38 Pennies from Heaven
E1 5b ** 1
39 Black Eyes
E1 5b * 2
40 Goodbye Dennis
E2 5c 1
41 Dennis the Menace
42 Singing Detective
E2 5b * 1
43 The Crack
44 Millican's Arete
E1 5b 2
45 The Groove
HVS 5a 2

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