Tongue Gill & Castle Crag

This is the penultimate post of my hikes in the Lake District last year, this one started out at Rosthwaite to the head of Tongue Gill, and then return to Rosthwaite via Castle Crag.

The initial intent was to see if we could as far & as high as High Spy, though the weather report wasn’t looking that favourable.

The walked starting out from Rosthwaite is pretty much flat until you reach the Seatoller/Grange bridleway, and then a steady climb until the steepest part by the disused Rigghead Quarry.

Here is the view looking back towards Castle Crag from the bridleway.

View of Castle Crag
View of Castle Crag

Tongue Gill stream

Tongue Gill valley stream
Tongue Gill valley stream

The weather got steadily worse as we hiked up Tongue Gill, as shown here.

Looking back to Rosthwaite form Tongue Gill
Looking back to Rosthwaite form Tongue Gill

By the time we ascended to the head of Tongue Gill there was extremely poor visibility with strong gusts, and so the decision was made not to carry on to High Spy but instead head back down from whence we came and divert to Castle Crag.

We glimpsed the sun on limited and very brief occasions.

Path to Derwentwater
Path to Derwentwater
Path to Derwentwater II
Path to Derwentwater II

The path to Castle Crag is to the right a little further down this track and there is a small slate section close to the top that can be tricky in the wet.

Here is the scene once you reach the top of the slate path

Castle Crag
Castle Crag

This is the view from the cairn looking towards Great Crag, Ullscarf, Eagle Crag and Rosthwaite fell before the final short incline to the actual summit.

Castle Crag Cairn
Castle Crag Cairn

and finally the view at the top of Derwentwater & King’s How.

Derwentwater & King's How from Castle Crag
Derwentwater & King’s How from Castle Crag

 

Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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