Cover image of Cam Crag Ridge

Cam Crag Ridge

May 2023  |  Lake District, United Kindgom

04h30m  |  →13km  |  765m↑

Overnight-Hike  |  GPX

Followed the Cam Crag Ridge route, using the guidebook ‘Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District’, complete with an overnight camp near Glaramara in an old favourite spot of mine! It was a fun scramble, and my first solo Grade 2. Some exposed parts that seem easily dodged. I was nervous but pushed through - very glad I did! It’s an easy walk in from Stonethwaite to the bottom of the scramble.

Obligatory stop into Bookends in Keswick before the adventure.
The route is Cam Crag Ridge, a grade 2 scramble. I followed the route guide in 'Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District' by Jon Sparks & Judith Brown!
And here's my picture of the very same ridge!
Northward along Langstrath Valley.
And southward.
I started up the route and forgot to take pictures. This is sometime after the start...
Looking down into the valley.
Followed by a few people but mostly quiet.
...and south.
I believe this is just above the crux of the route. It was fairly exposed, my few years of on and off bouldering gave me plenty of confidence though. Bit tricky with my camping stuff on my back!
'10m high wall with pink mossy streaks'. Guidebook suggests a route from low right to diagnoally left, then up! Exposed.
Followed by a seemingly experienced scrambler. Gave me confidence. He got a snap of me climbing which I wish I had, but alas I do not.
North. Again.
And South. Again.
Scramble over and onto the Rosthwaite Fell plateau. I believe this is Combe Head ahead, with Coombe Door somewhere within it. Or maybe it's Glaramara. Anyway, this bit felt like it went on forever, with no easy path.
A cool rock formation.
A little closer.
Finally found my camp spot after some looking around. I had camped here 3 years previously on my Wainwrights Round, and enjoyed a fantastic sunset here - one of my favourite spots! I tried to locate the spot by where the sun was above the hills to the west, but realised it was a different time of year so the sun was setting on a different axis!
Tent pitched - there's just enough room.
Exploring. I walked on and around these rocks for a long old time, sometimes barefoot, playing 'the floor is lava'.
Is that a tent or a rock?
Dusk coming in.
A carpet of mist rolling over the hills.
Not bad view to wake up to.
Tent shots are always cool.
Morning mist.
A small down scramble on the path back - made tough because my legs were feeling tired.
Cheeky wee tarn.
Borrowdale Valley coming into view.
Borrowdale Valley in all its glory.
Some sheep. And, more importantly, water.