Castle Crag and Millican Dalton’s Cave

Name of walk Castle Crag and Millican Dalton's Cave
Date of walk 2011-10-27
Distance walked (miles) 3
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Castle Crag
Walked with Brendan and Tom
Parking Roadside parking just outside Grange.

It is half term week so on Tuesday we all went to Grange to climb Castle Crag. Brendan and Tom had never done this walk before. I had bought some new walking boots a couple of weeks previously and this was an ideal multi-terrain short walk to try them out on. We parked just outside the village in the free parking spaces on the main road.

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Looking towards Grange from the River Derwent with High Spy behind.

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We walked through the village and took the track up beside the cafe. Once a bit of height is gained you can look back towards Derwent water.

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Looking up to the top of Castle Crag.

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Taking a brief breather on the seat.

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Then we tackle the slate.

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Looking back down to the main path "The Allerdale Ramble" that leads to Seatoller.

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The standing slates.

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The summit.

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View from the very summit. The weather was dull and overcast, but for once it wasn`t raining today and there was very little wind.

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and again from the grassy top. The sun keeps trying to emerge.

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Looking south toward Rosthwaite and Eagle Crag.

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We head down in the other direction in order to do the complete circuit of Castle Crag. A minature shelter we passed on the route down.

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The stile takes you to the path by the river.

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Soon we make a detour up to Millican Dalton`s Cave.

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The upper and lower chambers seen from the back of the cave, with Tom in the entrance.

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The way into the cave.

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We head back down to rejoin the river path.

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We then stop off in Grange at the cafe for lunch before heading back to the car. From the bridge looking down the river.

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The walk had taken about three hours. Plenty of time to head into Keswick for some shopping. Thankfully the boots performed well and I can now risk one of my usual seven hour walks and know I`ll not get blisters! We parked at The Theatre By The Lake and walked down to the Landing Stages.

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Then we walked into Town.

A good day,

Jo.

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