1st December 2006

A short walk to Grike from the Cold Fell road


Walk Overview
Time 13.10 to 14.25
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 860 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Blakeley Moss - Grike - Blakeley Moss - Cold Fell Road
Fells visited
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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 area of fell running along side of the Cold Fell road, which is found on the far Western edge of the Lake District, always seems to have a windswept and almost uninviting look to it; even during good conditions. Many people describe this place a boring and although I have to admit it doesn't give the same feeling of exhilaration I get from walking in some areas, I've always had a lot of satisfaction from being on these lonely fells.

A close up of the stone circle, Meadley Reservoir, Cleator Moor (the closest town) and Whitehaven (home) on the horizon.

Walking around the edge of Blakeley Rise and into an area which used to be covered in trees. I can't remember how long it is since the trees were felled, but I can remember cycling here as a child during the school holidays where we'd play for hours next to the stone circle and in these woods .

The village of Ennerdale Bridge seen from a little further along the path. The highest point on the skyline is Knock Murton.

Looking back towards the West Coast from just below Grike summit. The high fell to the left of Meadley Reservoir is Dent or "Dint" as we call it locally.

Grike summit. The dark looking fells between the shelter (L) and the cairn (R) are Pillar, Steeple and Scoat Fell. It was blowing a gale up here today, mind you it doesn't seem to have done anything else lately. It was just nice to get out for an hour or so in the sunshine.

Crag Fell taken from inside the shelter.

Ennerdale Water and the Loweswater fells, also taken from Grike summit.

Leaving Grike.

Grike seen from the track I followed to and from the Cold Fell road.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks