18th November 2005

Grike and Crag Fell with childhood memories of a stone circle.


Walk Overview
Time 11.05 to 13.30
Duration 2 hr 25 min
Distance 5.9 mile
Ascent 1201 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Blakeley Moss - Heckbarley - Grike - Crag Fell - the forest path back to Cold Fell
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 found on Blakeley Moss next to the Cold Fell road. Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Gavel fell are behind.

And again close up.
I can remember cycling to "the stones near Ennerdale" to play during the school holidays, when we were children. We often used sit next to them and talk about what it would be like to come here at midnight. I'm not sure what we expected to find at midnight that isn't there the rest of the time, but I suppose ancient stone circles that are found in places like this make good fuel for the imagination and talk of night time visits all add to the excitement at that age. Needless to say, the midnight excursion never took place.

Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell again. This time from the forestry track.

Looking over Meadley reservoir to Cleator Moor, Whitehaven and the west coast.
I left the forest track and headed onto the open fellside of the delightfully named little fell of Heckbarley. This probably isn't what many people would call a particularly exiting or challenging part of the Lake District, but I always get so much satisfaction from walking in out-of-the-way lower level places like this. As I've often said to people "a mountain / fell doesn't have to be big, rocky or challenging to be enjoyable".

This flat area leading across to Grike is normally quite wet under foot, but the last couple of night's have been frosty; so with the ground being frozen I didn't get quite so wet today.

Grike summit.

Looking ahead to Crag Fell from the start of the path off Grike.
The dark rocky fell on the right is Great Borne with (the highest point) Grasmoor behind. The fells on the skyline (right) are Red Pike and High Stile.

From about half way to Crag Fell looking back to Grike.

Bowness Knott, Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Red Pike above Ennerdale Water. Taken from Crag Fell summit.

Crag Fell's large summit cairn with the Loweswater fells behind.

One more picture from Crag Fell, this time looking over Ennerdale Water and into Ennerdale Valley.

Part of the track I used to get back to the Cold Fell road.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks