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posted 11 Nov 2012, 01:06 by jenny rookes
Two walks in Borrowdale for this month's offering.
The low level is an easy 5 mile trip starting from the National Trust car park in the pretty village of Rosthwaite which has some lovely pubs and the excellent Flock-in Walkers Tea Room at
Yew Tree Farm . We can get some refreshments here, or halfway round the walk in the village of Grange where there is another lovely tea room, which might be a very welcome refuge if the weather is a bit too bracing!
The walk begins with a  walk along the River Derwent through some woods. You can see some slate mines and pretty
caves along this stretch. After the village of Grange the walk climbs slowly past Castle Crag (which can be reached by a short
detour along this route – an easy path takes you to the top for some fantastic views of the valley). After passing Castle Crag the
walk opens into a terrace providing wonderful views of Borrowdale Fells and valley below.
The walk then descends though some lovely woods back into the village of Rosthwaite.
The walk is mostly on well-defined paths but is occasionally rocky. Towards the end of the walk the path becomes less clear as
it goes down a hill but it is soon visible again. Good walking-boots are essential as the path is rocky in places.

The second walk will be a higher level,more strenuous walk and we'll decide on the exact route on the day depending on the weather and what people want to do. If you have a suggestion for a walk based in Borrowdale please let me know. One suggestion would be to climb High Raise via Eagle Crag. It is 8.5 miles, and starts from the village of Stonethwaite, from where Eagle Crag looms as a large and formidable buttress dividing the entrances to Langstrath and Stonethwaite Valleys. There is however, a path to the summit for those adventurous to try and they will be rewarded for their efforts by an excellent view back through the valleys towards High Spy, Maiden Moor and Castle Rigg. Be warned though, the first section up Eagle Crag is a straight line climb on a path next to a wall, which gains height very fast. The second section picks the way through boulders and buttresses to the summit.
Having rested, it is a little under half a mile due south to Sergeant's Crag and then up by Low White Stones  to the
summit of High Raise. At 762 metres it is not the highest point in the Lake District but it is argued that it is the most central
point. There are excellent views 360 degrees around  so much so that Wainwright devotes three pages to the outline of the views. 

The car park is quite small, so to park you should get there early.Alternatively you can park in the village hall which is next to the National Trust car park, or on the main road B5289 opposite the Hotel
The car park is well-signposted in Rosthwaite and is found by turning right off the B5289 when driving from Keswick.

We'll meet in this car park in Rosthwaite at 10.30 and any walkers for the high level walk will either walk or drive to their starting point
Can people let me know by the night before if they are coming ?
Thanks to Eric for offering a lift  from Newastle/Gateshead- any one  else able to offer , or needing a lift please let me  know.

In gassho
Jenny
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