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George B


Rosthwaite – Borrowdale YH – Seatoller – Cowde Dub – Grange – Abbot’s Bay – Manesty – Hollows Farm – Cowde Dub - Rosthwaite.


Excellent. Mainly sunny, occasionally overcast with a cool breeze in places.



George B, Evelyn, Ashley and Ron.



Bernie - Nephew’s birthday party.

Michelle - recovering from a hard week's work.

Michael - hospital visiting.

Sandy - Working , collecting Alex from the station.

Carol - not available.


A walk of rocky paths, mostly fairly new. The gates and fences were in good condition. We seemed to be walking into the wind all the way around a circular walk. Lots of spring colours and blossom in evidence. A deceptively quiet start apart from a party of Dutchmen but we met more people and dogs, often more than once, as we progressed round – most were very friendly and talkative.

A steep climb up from Seatoller. The lunch spot was sunny and sheltered with a good views of the car.

Evelyn did a shorter walk, leaving us at Cowde Dub, an attractive spot on the River Derwent, and returning direct to Rosthwaite. However, as a result of taking a wrong turn, she found an impressive cave. Ron, Ashley and George carried on to Grange past a wooded, alpine, cliff-faced hill, and then to Abbot’s Bay via plastic walkboards. Stunning views of Derwent Water. Passed a campsite that had a half mile walk to the facilities past a very smelly barn. From Manesty we climbed up a little, continued through the woods and along the hill to the sewage works before dropping down to Hollows Farm.

On the way back to Rosthwaite we met a sheep and lamb asking to be let through a gate. Finally we all met up for afternoon tea, cakes and ice cream made with ewe’s milk in the garden of the Flock Inn.


Birds: spotted woodpecker, two herons, at least three cuckoos heard, robin, geese, ducks, sandpiper and according to Ron “something going cheep.”

Butterflies/insects: hornet (?), bumble bees.

Mammals/others: Shetland pony, horses, lots of lambs – both black Herdwick and white.


The Boatside Inn at Warden, chosen ad hoc – much changed since our last visit. Good meal, quick service and polite and friendly staff. Four spiced apple crumbles eaten with 'desert' spoons.

Photo Gallery


May walkers


Mixed sheep and lambs

On board


Ferry landing

"It's a flat walk"


Water balling

Castle Crag



Lunch spot


By Derwentwater

Our car


Towards Derwent Water

Cat Bells

Cowde Dub





"After ewe"



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