13th May 2005

Two fells and a stone circle on the Western edge of the Lake District.


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 15.50
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1132 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Blakeley Moss - Heckbarley - Grike - Crag Fell - Red Moss - Blakeley Moss
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Cold Fell (Blakeley Moss)

Stretching six miles between Calder Bridge and Ennerdale Bridge, Cold Fell acts as a convenient shortcut across the western most section of the Lake District. There are lots of possible parking places across the Ennerdale half of the route; each one offering its own access onto the fantastically remote fells across this edge of the Lakes.


Route Map

The stone circle on Blakeley Moss, with Blake Fell and Gavel Fell in the distance.
We didn't have too much time this afternoon for a long walk, but it was too nice to miss altogether. So I picked Jennifer up on the way from work and we had a short walk out from the Cold Fell Road, onto Grike and Crag Fell.

From the area between Heckbarley and Grike, looking across to the west coast and some of the Scottish hills.
It's hard to see on this picture, but the views were so clear we could actually make out the buildings and the fields over on the Scottish side of the Solway.

Almost at Grike summit.
Meadley Reservoir, Cleator Moor, Whitehaven and the West Coast (Irish Sea) are behind.

Grike Summit shelter and cairn, with Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Iron Crag and Haycock behind.

From Grike summit again, this time looking across to Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell.

Crag Fell summit.

Looking down to Ennerdale Valley from Crag Fell summit.
Conditions were just about perfect this afternoon, I only wish we'd had more time to spend up here.

One last look across to the Pillar fells from the forestry track that runs around the side of Grike.

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Lake District Walks