There is Seatoller down below us, on a bright and frosty morning.
The advantage of taking the old road down from Honister - you can see the "new" road down on the right - is that the views are wider and longer.
This is looking back up towards Honister.
Looking south-east towards Thorneythwate Fell and the Borrowdale Fells.
Approaching Castle Crag.
and looking east from almost the same spot, you can see Greenup Edge and Eagle Crag behind Rosthwaite.
and to the west is High Scawdel
Castle Crag was the site of a hill fort some 2000 years ago, and it is easy to see why. From the top you can see right up and down Borrowdale.
Here you can see one of the paths up, and the slate mound.
You encounter this huge mound of slate half way up the Crag
And then you come upon this natural quarry....
Here is the view looking north from the top of Castle Crag to Skiddaw. The village is Grange, on the river Derwent.
The same view in winter. Note the shallowness of the Derwent...
And here is what you see looking south-east over Borrowdale. The village is Rosthwaite. The long ridge in the distance is Greenup Edge, which you cross in order to reach Grasmere (Day 3 of the Coast-to-Coast walk).
The same view, in winter, from slightly lower down.
Looking back south along the Allerdale Ramble path (visible on the right).
and in winter...
Looking slightly further right, at High Scawdel, from lower down.
High Scawdel from half-way up Castle Crag.
Here you can see some of Rigghead Quarries between High and Low Scawdel
If you descend Castle Crag again and keep to the Allerdale Ramble path...
it drops into the woods. Low Scawdel is the fell behind.
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