Castle Crag Circular Walk

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287 m
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Castle Crag Circular Walk

The Castle Crag Circular Walk is a fantastic Lake District excursion that takes you up to the slate-covered summit of this small Wainwright for breathtaking views. Although the route to the summit looks imposing from a distance, it is actually very easy to climb and is a popular walking route with families in the area. From the top of the trail, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the fell-flankled valley with Derwent Water off in the distance to the north.

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Route Description for Castle Crag Circular Walk

Walking the Castle Crag Circular is a popular family-friendly activity in this part of the Lake District due to the laid back nature of the trail and the dramatic views that can be experienced here. Setting out from the car park in Seatoller, the trail will lead you to the north to climb up the hillside at the foot of High Scawdel on your left. After traversing the lower slopes of the mountain and crossing over a number of small streams, you will begin the descent up the slate-covered slopes of Castle Crag. This looks like a more daunting task than it really is, showcased by the families with young children that will likely be scaling the fell alongside you. After reaching the viewpoint, you will enjoy sweeping views along the valley that include a number of surrounding fells and the blue expanse of Derwent Water to the north. From here, continue north along the trail and descend the hillside until you arrive at the banks of the River Derwent. Follow this to the south along the valley floor and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the return leg of the walk back to the car park where you began your journey.

Getting to the Castle Crag Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Castle Crag Circular Walk from Keswick, make your way to the southeast on Borrowdale Road/B5289 for 11.3 km, and turn right to enter the car park.

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Seatoller Farm

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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