Upper Borrowdale

  • Easy walking in Borrowdale
  • Views over Derwentwater and the fells
  • Try to include little Castle Crag

The walk round Castle Crag and along the shoreline of the upper River Derwent is deservedly one of the most popular walks in the Lake District. I find this patch of Lakeland a microcosm of the whole area with rocky peaks and cliffs, open fellside, some ancient mining remnants and a lovely area of riverside walking packed into a small area.

I prefer starting at Seatoller and walking back down the valley which initially (after a short climb) gives great views of Castle Crag and down to Skiddaw and Blencathra over Derwentwater. Circling Castle Crag the walk changes character with pretty woodland paths running beside the fast flowing Derwent – the river being a catchment for many of the highest mountains in the District.

Recommend: Castle Crag is a lovely little fell with great views from the summit. If at all possible include it in the circuit, the climb is short but steep with much of the path winding its way through mountains of slate.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY 246139. Seatoller National Trust Car Park. I prefer heading through Seatoller and on to the fellside at the road's bend first. Gets the climbing out of the way!
Height to Climb: 267 ms (876 feet)
Terrain: Good tracks and paths throughout the walk. Easy to follow if you stick close to the river on the return (but do not cross)
Eating & Drinking: The Yew Tree at Seatoller holds fond memories of Ham and Eggs in my childhood and is still a pleasant little pub/tea shop for enjoying an after walk drink and some locally produced food.
Similar Walks Nearby: Great Crag from Watendlath
Styhead & Sprinkling Tarn
Shores under Catbells
Places to Stay:


Royal Oak, Borrowdale