7th September 2007

Crag Fell the hard way


Walk Overview
Time 15.40 to 18.00
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 4.2 mile
Ascent 1560 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green Cottages - Ennerdale Water - Anglers Crag - Crag Fell (pinnacles) - Crag Fell - Ben Gill - Ennerdale Water - Bleach Green Cottages
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water has a reputation for being an out of the way place and is arguably the most difficult of all the lakes to reach. Well, not so if you live on this side of the Lake District. For me, the lake and its surrounding fells are actually the closest to home. The upshot of its reputation is place where you ( or me ) can usually walk without meeting the crowds found in some other areas of the Lake District.

Unless there happened to be some sort of special event on, I'd go as far as to say this is some where you're guaranteed to get a parking space, and it's free.


Route Map

The weir end of Ennerdale Water with Knock Murton above the fields on the opposite side of the lake.

What a lovely afternoon it's turned out to be; all the better because I didn't expect it, I should add. I actually had other things to do at home this afternoon, but once I realised the small patch of blue sky above the house was getting bigger by the second and was in fact spreading in the general direction of Ennerdale I thought enough is enough. So it was on with the walking gear, throw a bottle of water and a "big" piece of fruit cake in the bag and I was off.

After only a couple of minutes walking next to the shoreline I left the lakeside path and headed up the fellside to ascend Anglers Crag. The top of this little fell, outcrop or what ever you choose to call it, is a great vantage point where you'll be treated to some fantastic views down into Ennerdale Valley.

Ever decreasing clouds as I look across to the high fells surrounding Ennerdale valley.

And a close up of Pillar, Scoat Fell and Steeple, taken from the same place as the previous picture.

Now this is a steep section of fellside. Heading up to the pinnacles; a dramatic rocky outcrop perched on the side of the fell between Anglers Crag and Crag Fell.

The view back down to Anglers Crag and Ennerdale Water. The fells on the opposite side of the lake are Herdus, Bowness Knott and Great Borne.

The pinnacles. The big one at the bottom must be held firmly in place. There must be an incredible force bearing down on it from the other ones stacked up behind. They almost look like a row of dominoes; after they've been pushed over.

And from a different angle.

After leaving the pinnacles I walked a bit of a make it up as you go along route to reach this terrace like area found not far below Crag Fell summit. I have been here a few times before, but it was only on about the third visit that I discovered there is actually a path leading from the western end of (the terrace) up to the easier going fellside below Crag Fell. The path offers an easier alternative to the scramble you can take between the rocks in order to reach the summit, although I'm sure some people would indeed prefer the scramble.

A close up of Blake Fell.

Standing on Crag Fell summit with a view across to some of the Lake Districts grandest fells. (to name a few) Red Pike, High Stile, Pillar and Steeple.

And a picture from the edge of the fell with Ennerdale Water in the photo.

A close up of the end of the lake and the start of Ennerdale Valley.
The building in the picture is Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre. A lovely secluded valley, as yet unspoiled by mass tourism.

The view back up to Crag Fell, taken a little way before reaching Ben Gill.

And again, this time the picture was taken from Ben Gill itself.

Ennerdale Water seen from the path back down to the valley.

Looking across Ennerdale Water from the weir.

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Lake District Walks