Great Crag from Rosthwaite in Borrowdale.

Start. Rosthwaite.

Route. Rosthwaite - Stonethwaite Bridge - Lingy End - Dock Tarn - Great Crag - Puddingstone Bank - Frith Wood - Bowder Stone - Grange - Holmecrag Wood - Low Hows Wood - New Bridge - Rosthwaite.

Notes. Where better place to venture in Autumn than sylvan Borrowdale, it may be the wettest valley in England but this time of year it stands head and shoulders above the rest, even if you're an armchair rambler, a drive through this small corner of the English Lake District is an absolute delight, I bet you can't resist the urge to step out of the car. I chose Great Crag today, at 1,444ft above sea level it's one of the lesser heights of Borrowdale, surrounded by peat bog and heather, not the easiest summit to reach. If you're following in AW's footsteps this is No187 on your list, eventually you'll have to grace those boggy slopes.

My day started wandering south following the waters of Stonethwaite Beck, after passing Stonethwaite Bridge a sheep fold marked the start of my ascent, easy at first before entering the oak woods on Lingy End, from here a pitch path wound it's way through this ancient woodland. In the company of the churning cascades of Willygrass Gill I picked my way carefully up this exceedingly steep path, needless to say I was soon above the tree line enjoying wonderful views over Stonethwaite, Seathwaite, not forgetting Borrowdale and the hidden side valley of Langstrath. Once on easier ground the path lead me onwards to delightful little Dock Tarn, where I left it to pick my way through peat bog and heather before reaching the summit of Great Crag.

After a brew I made the short descent to reach the path I'd left earlier, before sacrificing yet more height to gain access to a vast tract of wetland between me and Puddingstone Bank, I bit the bullet and crossed, stepping stones aided my passage, with dry feet I eventually reached the main bridleway between Watendlath and Rosthwaite. I started descending Puddingstone Bank, not to Rosthwaite, I left the bridleway to enter Frith Wood, the Bowder Stone was next on my list, followed by a visit to Grange before a delightful stroll back along the banks of the River Derwent.

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The wonderful golden glow of early morning catches the Borrowdale slopes of Maiden Moor.

From the banks of Stonethwaite Beck views over misty lowlands to Rosthwaite Fell.

It's a moody morning in Borrowdale.

Catching the morning sun High Scawdel.

Ascending through the oak woods on Lingy End.

Through a gap in the trees a promise of things to come, Honister Pass and the cliffs of Fleetwith Pike.

Above the tree tops, silhouetted on the skyline Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.

Above the tree line with a wonderful view to Grey Knotts and Brandreth, with Fleetwith Pike rising above Honister Hause.

Dock Tarn described by Wainwright as "a jewel deserving a sweeter name" I think the old chap was right.

The summit Great Crag with magical views across Borrowdale, behind the cairn High Spy, to the left Dale Head rises above High Scawdal.

Nine miles to the north the gullies and scree slopes of mighty Skiddaw.

Stunning views over Grange Fell taken from the cairn in the shot above.

Dale Head dominates the view to the west.

The sharp summit of Cat Bells backed by the shadowed ridges leading over Grisedale Pike.

From one vast tract of boggy upland to another, the long wide ridge between Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Descending through Frith Wood looking to the Goat Crag face of High Spy.

A rather moody view of the Bowder Stone, I was struggling with the angel the rock was crawling with climbers.

Viewing the crags above Delt Wood.

A beautiful stretch of the River Derwent.

Wonderful autumnal colours on the craggy slopes of King's How.

Looking to Eagle Crag from near New Bridge.

The Jaws of Borrowdale.

The sylvan slopes of Castle Crag seen from Rosthwaite.

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