Castle Crag – (214) North Western Fells

Wainwright 214 – Book 6 ‘The North Western Fells’

Height: 951ft – 290m

Grid reference: NY 249 159 




Walks Including Castle Crag:

Castle Crag and the caves from Rosthwaite – 14.8.16

A close up of the view north to the Northern Fells beyond Derwent Water and Keswick: Carlside; Skiddaw; Skiddaw Little Man then along the ridge to Lonscale Fell behind and to the right of it is High Pike and Mungrisdale Common; with Latrigg the small fell just to the right of Keswick.  On the right you have Blencathra.  Right in the centre of the photograph is Castle Crag with High Scawdel to the left of it (with Dale Head the ‘bump’ behind it on the left of the photograph) and King’s How to the right with Grange Fell beyond.  High Doat is the small fell in front of Castle Crag with the wooded slopes of Low and High Stile Wood on the left.   In the foreground you have the slopes of Seathwaite Fell on the left and Glaramara on the right.

Close up of the Northern Fells of Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell and High Pike beyond with Keswick at their base and Latrigg to the right of Keswick.  In front of Derwent Water you have Castle Crag with King’s How on the right of it. (Photograph taken from near Esk Hause en route for Scafell Pike).

The slate spoil heap leading up to the upper quarry and ultimately the summit of Castle Crag.

The view from the upper quarry on Castle Crag.

Castle Crag barely visible in the centre of the photo shrouded in cloud with Keswick in the foreground and the wooded area known as Castle Head directly in front of Castle Crag here.


The summit memorial on Castle Crag.  

There’s also a memorial bench and plaque on the west side of Castle Crag to Sir William Hamer who was knighted in 1923 because of his contribution to epidemiological science (that is, the reasons for and the spread of diseases) from his wife Agnes in 1939 who gave the surrounding area to the nation in honour of her husband.  This memorial is from the Hamer family who donated £150 in 1920 to buy 18 acres of land on top of Castle Crag which they handed over to the National Trust, to commemorate the death of their son John who died in 1918 in the First World War.  Canon Rawnsley persuaded the family to include all the local fallen from Borrowdale although there was already a memorial to them in Grange churchyard. 

A last look back at Castle Crag from the route back to Rosthwaite.