Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Borrowdale and High Spy

Stayed at the Royal Oak at Rosthwaite last Wednesday evening and took in two great days walking in Borrowdale for my Walking Weekends: Lake District book which is due to be published later this year. The Royal Oak is a wonderful place to stay; an old-fashioned family run hotel with comfortable beds, loads of hot water and great food. In fact, they ring a gong at 7pm to call you for dinner - there's no choice, only tasty, wholesome home-made food. We had tomato soup, followed by home-roast ham, jacket potatoes and veg, then spotted dick and cream and finally cheese and biscuits. Just the ticket after walking 13 miles across the fells. This was then washed down with a couple of pints of Copper Dragon at the Riverside Bar (Scafell Hotel) next door. Oh yes, the walks. We headed steeply up through Rigghead Quarries to Rigg Head and then to the summit of High Spy. The wind was so strong it blew me off my feet. Then a magnificent walk along the broad ridge across Narrow Moor, Maiden Moor and Catbells down to Hawes End, with superb views across the Newlands Valley and Derwentwater towards Skiddaw. We returned through Borrowdale along the lakeshore of Derwentwater to Grange and then through woodland skirting Castle Crag back to Rosthwaite. A wonderful walk with such contrast from the mountainous environs of Rigg Head with Dale Head dominating to the tranquil and serene woodland path around Derwentwater.

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