High Spy over Borrowdale

  • Views over Borrowdale & Newlands
  • Riverside walking
  • Steep climb through a slate mine

It was a glorious sunny (and hot) day when myself and Greg headed up High Spy on the broad ridge that separates Borrowdale and Newlands. A steep pull brought us to the ridge, passing via a slate mine, and the high point literally of the walk. The views in all directions are spectacular but today we sat and took in the splendour of Derwentwater and the backdrop that is the Twin Peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra.

The 2nd part of the walk explores the Upper Borrowdale Valley. We did not this time make the excursion up Castle Crag (it was too hot) but the riverside walk through the trees was suitably enjoyable. It is a good walk with many options to extend the walk but the whatever you do enjoy the High Spy ridge first and foremost.

Recommend: Spend some time exploring the slate mines around Rigghead quarry, there are buildings, a slate staircase and plenty of mine openings thta were in full operation 100 years ago.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY246138. There is a car park in the small hamlet of Seatoller. Turn right from the car park and walk through the hamlet. Before the road starts climbing steeply, follow the footpath sign to the right and head for the open fellside.
Height to Climb: 695 ms (2185 feet)
Terrain: Typical Lakes, paths throughout but on the fell these were not eroded and a pleasure to walk on.
Eating & Drinking: The Flock Inn is a cafe in Seatoller, to find a drink Rosthwaite is a mile or so away with a choice of pubs.
Similar Walks Nearby: Styhead and Sprinkling Tarns
Dock Tarn & Watendlath from Rosthwaite
Climbing Glaramara
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