Castle Crag, Grange-in-Borrowdale

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Explore the origins of the historic valley by hiking to Castle Crag, the lowest of the fells on the Wainwright listing. Rising just about 290 m (951 ft) above sea level, the hill features the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. Three faces of the rugged fell are steep and all sides have been comprehensively excavated. Follow the steep winding path to the summit, which is topped with a WWI memorial. The views from the top expand over the flat valley, which used to be covered by a lake during the Ice Age. Arrange to visit Castle Crag and other attractions in Borrowdale using our Borrowdale trip itinerary builder website.
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  • An hours walk from our hotel and even in the rain, well worth the effort. Stunning views over Derwent Water - easy to see why AW loved it. Don’t miss the slate quarry with its countless statues...  more »
  • As one steadily climbs to the base of the last hurdle of the slate mound, once reaching the very top, gives one a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. If Julia Bradbury and Chris Bonnington.....  more »
  • My go to place in the lakes
  • [Aug 2019 5 stars] Lovely little walk up small fell. Park across the road at the NT car park or try you luck down a lane in Grange. Take the little alley beside the cafe and follow up through valley. Path to summit deviates to the left as you approach the top of the valley. Beware tricky footing on slates. Final summit is small scramble to grassy/tree covered area. One of the most beautiful summits in England. Another path leads down from the summit on the other side of the slate field, but don’t bother - return the way you came up.

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