Favourite Fells – Castle Crag

When I first heard of Castle Crag my main thoughts were “what a poxy low fell” and “why is it included at the expense of much higher places?” Well, we all know that Wainwright created loads of anomalies when he compiled his 7 volumes, and after much pondering, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not worth dwelling on, as that way lies insanity.  Best to consider it a part of the charm of his list which is after all much more famous than any of the more objective hill lists that cover the Lakeland fells.

Even Wainwright states that Castle Crag is technically part of High Spy, but clearly he considered it separate enough to warrant treatment in its own right.  And Wainwright clearly didn’t consider Castle Crag to be a poxy little fell, as he broke his guideline of fells being above 1,000ft so as to include it.  It’s little certainly, but packs a lot in. Continue reading “Favourite Fells – Castle Crag”

Catbells in mist and rain

Cumbria Way Day 5

A big dose of inertia, justified as “giving the weather a chance to calm down”, meant I didn’t leave the barn until 10.

I set off along the Cumbria Way across the fields towards Castle Crag, gradually rising up the fell, as the wind picked up. I didn’t linger there and carried on down towards Grange. Then I got my first mobile phone signal since Tuesday afternoon, a flood of emails and texts and a call from tongiht’s B&B. I perched in the lee of a rock and caught up with the outside world. Continue reading “Cumbria Way Day 5”