Although the most ridge-like thing about it is its name, this fantastic rock feature provides superb scrambling in a scenic but accessible low mountain setting on the flanks of Rosthwaite Fell. This classic route was pioneered back in the age of tweed breeches and hobnails by the prolific Borrowdale enthusiast Bentley Beetham – they don’t name them like they used to. Experienced scramblers will love every metre of it, but on this benchmark grade 2 scramble a rope might not go amiss if you were leading a nervous beginner.
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Distance: 5.14 miles (8.28 km)
Total ascent: 658m
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 hours (Walking)
SummitsRosthwaite Cam 612 m
Stonethwaite village, NY262137
Clear paths in the valley, but it's rougher going and a bit DIY on the open fell. Cam Crag Ridge is a high quality grade 2 scramble with a distinct crux but no unavoidable difficulties (though doing the hard bits direct is way better).
Taking the bus from Keswick might be preferable to adding to the congested road and car parks of Borrowdale.
Scrambles in the Lake District (Cicerone)
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District Maps:
OS Explorer OL4 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 89 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Seatoller (017687 77294); Grasmere (015394 35245); Keswick (017687 72645)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com