Rosthwaite Fell is a fell in the English Lake
District situated some 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) due south of Keswick and 2
kilometres (1.2 mi) south of the village of Rosthwaite in Borrowdale.
Rosthwaite Fell also has loose connections to the Scafell group of
fells. The fells name derives from the Old Norse language and means “The
peak above the clearing with a heap of stones” with “hreysi” meaning a
heap of stones and “thveit” meaning a clearing.
reaches a height of 612 m (2,008 ft) at its highest point, which is
commonly known as Rosthwaite Cam.
It also has a subsidiary top,
Bessyboot (550 m, 1,804 ft ), which lies 800 metres north of the main
The fell's boundaries are clearly defined to the north,
west and east by valleys and streams.
The western side falls to
Borrowdale and the infant River Derwent.
The eastern flank
descends to the Langstrath valley and its beck while the northern slopes
go down to the Stonethwaite valley.
To the south, Rosthwaite Fell
is linked to the higher and better known fell of Glaramara by a marshy
and undulating ridge which goes over several subsidiary tops on the way.
Rosthwaite Fell is craggy and steep on the three sides that descend
to valleys and there is no simple and appealing route of ascent.
This, combined with the fact that there are many more attractive climbs
in the area, makes the fell a quiet and unfrequented place.
fell's two main summits, Rosthwaite Cam and Bessyboot, are divided by a
depression with a height of around 500 metres. It contains the
charmingly named Tarn at Leaves, a small mountain lake with a length of
approximately 100 metres.
The summit rocks of Rosthwaite Cam
require some mild scrambling to reach the highest point.
Rosthwaite Fell can be climbed from Stonethwaite or from the Borrowdale
road between Seatoller and Rosthwaite.
The latter route goes up
Combe Gill for a kilometre before striking steeply up the gill's eastern
flank to gain the top of the fell.
The Stonethwaite route uses
Stanger Gill as a guide up to a height of almost 500 metres from where
it is a simple walk to the summit of Bessyboot.
routes near Rosthwaite Fell