Saturday, 1 July 2000

Castle Crag

Castle Crag in the Jaws of Borrowdale
Height: 298m (978ft)
Prominence: 83m (272ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright
Summit feature: Shelter cairn on rock
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Castle Crag from Rosthwaite - 20/08/2017
High Rigg, Raven Crag & Castle Crag - 05/09/2014
The summit memorial
What Wainwright said:

"Castle Crag is so magnificently independant, so ruggedly individual, so aggressively unashamed of its lack of inches, that less than justice would be done by relegating it to a paragraph in the High Spy chapter".

Castle Crag is the smallest hill included in Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guide, the only Wainwright below 1,000 ft.

The fell has an impressive appearance, a rugged height apparently blocking the valley of Borrowdale, which is squeezed between Castle Crag and Grange Fell. This narrow gorge known as the 'Jaws of Borrowdale'.

The High Hows Quarry later achieved fame as the home of Millican Dalton, the eccentric and self-styled "Professor of Adventure". The caves here formed his summer home from the 1920s.

The very highest point is a rock outcrop about eight feet high and twelve feet across. Atop this is a well constructed circular cairn of slate. Superb views of Borrowdale are the reward for a steep climb.

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