Rosthwaite Fell, viewed from Stonethwaite

Rosthwaite Fell, viewed from Stonethwaite

Height: 1807 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: 4th June 2010 (walk 19)

Bagged as number: 59 out of 214. [ << Whinlatter (58)   (60) Glaramara >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Ascended from Stonethwaite, though took a far more strenuous route up the face (via Alisongrass Crag) than Wainwright suggests is necessary. Left on the ridge to Glaramara.

Bessyboot, the summit of Rosthwaite Fell

Bessyboot, the summit of Rosthwaite Fell

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “Rosthwaite Fell, shadowing the level strath of the Stonethwaite valley, is really the northern extremity of the Scafells (though seldom recognised as such) and a strong walker may start from the green pastures here and make a fine high-level walk over the fell and the adjacent Glaramara to the summit of Scafell Pike. Few do this, preferring the more orthodox approaches, and Rosthwaite Fell’s pathless and undulating top is rarely visited, understandably so for the rough stony sides yield no easy and attractive routes of ascent and the summit is rather a dreary place when compared with more worthwhile objectives all around.”

Rosthwaite Fell from Honister road

Rosthwaite Fell from the Honister Pass Road (walk 107)

What I say: I didn’t find the summit dreary – actually it was quite an attractive little spot, though done no harm on the day I visited by the excellent weather. However, the real b*gger about this fell was the ascent, which involved me in a difficult scramble up a gully that splits Alisongrass Crag (note: named ‘Bull Crag’ on Wainwright’s map of the fell and the ascent route on pages 2 and 4 respectively). It gave me a sense of achievement that might otherwise have been lacking from the climb, but that is no reason to follow in my footsteps, that is, unless you enjoy scrambling up mossy, damp gullies when you know that logically, the ascent should have been rather easier than it has turned out to be.

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