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Two days in Borrowdale

24th - 25th - July 2022

Route. 24th - Borrowdale YH - Johnny Wood - Castle Crag - River Derwent - Millican Dalton's cave - Borrowdale YH

( About 4 miles - 1000ft ascent )

Route. 26th - Borrowdale YH - Stonethwaite - Galleny Force - Johnny House - Smithymire - Stonethwaite - Borrowdale YH

( About 4 miles - very little ascent )

Another ride up to Borrowdale youth hostel with grandson Louis and his dad for a nights camping and a couple of days walking. Sue and her grandson were due to come but a last minute hitch meant that they had to cancel so Louis's " other " granddad came along too.


As frequently seems to be the case in June, July and August the weather was forecast to be warm but showery so we were pleased that when we arrived at the hostel on Sunday lunchtime it was dry with patches of blue sky.

We were tackling Castle Crag today and had promised Louis that we we would try to find a secret cave where we had heard there might be hidden treasure.

Looking back to the valley from above Johnny Wood. This path joins the Seatoller to Grange bridleway. .


We leave the bridleway and head for Castle Crag. Derwentwater with Skiddaw and Blencathra in the distance.

We had a group photo at the cairn overlooking " the loveliest square mile in Lakeland"


The classic view from the summit of Castle Crag looking over Grange and the Derwent to Derwentwater, Keswick and the northern fells.


After lunch on Castle Crag we descended back to the main path then joined the path following the Derwent up stream.


We managed to find the cave where Louis hunted for the treasure.

And was very pleased to find a treasure chest filled with chocolate.


The famous " Don't waste words..jump to conclusions" quote scratched on the rock by Millican Dalton.

Heading back along the Derwent now which was running quite fast and high. The stepping stones would have been a challenge today. Apart from a very brief shower we stayed dry on our walk back to the hostel. It started raining around 9pm and pretty much rained all night..


There were mostly showers rather than constant rain in the morning. We made our way down the lane to Stonethwaite and took the path through the campsite along side Stonethwaite Beck. Castle Crag is the lower top behind Andy and Louis..

As with the Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck was running quite fast.

Louis enjoying the rope swing by the path. Of course as a responsible Granddad I'd had a go first just to check it was safe.

Unsurprisingly no one was swimming in the waters by Galleny Force.

I think this is the section of the river unofficially called " The Fairy Glen " as seen on a million Youtube videos.

The noise the water was making as it crashed over the rocks was really quite impressive.

We walked as far as the bridge over Langstrath Beck at Johnny House and came back down stream If the weather had been better we would have carried on along Langstrath for a while, but the showers had joined together now so we headed back to the hostel.

Another good weather swimming spot just before the two rivers meet.

Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag looking very atmospheric in the mist.

Although the weather could have been better we all enjoyed our couple of days and Louis was taking a great interest in the high fells all around saying that he wanted to come again to climb them.


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