28th April 2011

Grike and Crag Fell


Walk Overview
Time 13.35 to 16.30
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell road - Blakeley Moss - Grike - Crag Fell - top of Red Beck - Black Pots - Buck Hole - Stinking gill - Kinney How - 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

And still the fine days keep coming.
This afternoon I headed into an area close to home for a short walk up two great little fells which I've walked on dozens of time, only this time I took a return journey that I've only done once before. It's good to reacquaint yourself with these hidden corners every now and again.

Walking along the path above Blakeley Moss. The fells in the distance are Blake Fell and Knock Murton.

A close up of Ennerdale Bridge (the village) and Kirkland (the village at the end of the road twisting through the fields).

Ongoing forest operations in the area have really opened up the views. I know I've said this before, but it's just a pity they leave such a mess behind. I suspect long after I've departed this life the tree stumps will have rotted into the ground and the fellside grasses will have taken over again.


The short ascent from the forest track to Grike offers this view across to the west coast.

Grike summit in front of Pillar, Steeple, Scoat Fell, Haycock.

Still on Grike and looking around to Great Borne, Crag Fell and just the tops of Grasmoor, Red Pike and High Stile.

Crag Fell and Grike may not be on many peoples list of favourite fells and I suspect lots of people describe them at the end of a paragraph as fells "we also went up". That's fair enough i suppose, but if it's only a short walk you're after then I think you'd be hard pushed to beat these two. They're in a nice quiet area, they're easy to reach from the road, on a nice day the walking is as pleasant as you could wish for, and as for the view, even the most awkward of customers would find it hard to walk away from here feeling short changed.

Around to the left you see the Loweswater fells and also Great Borne on the right of the picture.

Today, I decided to walk back around the pathless southern side of the trees instead of heading back the way I'd came. First of all I needed to walk around the left hand end of the tree line you can see here. It was easy enough to get down to the trees but the hundred yards of so around the end wasn't exactly the easiest area I've ever walked through. Heather, tussocks, deeply rutted and very wet; not somewhere to walk after periods of heavy rain.

Before I stepped over the fence and into the heather, I took this picture looking down to Ennerdale. Red Pike and High Stile are on the left side of the valley and Pillar is on the right.


It's a good job I'm comfortable being on my own.

Peace, quiet, hot sunshine and above all else solitude. Fantastic!

One of Lakelands lesser visited streams.


There's not a lot going to stop this thing doing it's job, , , unless it runs out of fuel of course.

Yes, this is my kind of place.

I guess they know what they're doing, but I don't understand why they don't just start at one end of the trees and work across in a nice neat line.

It was here that I rejoined the track that leads to Blakely Moss and back to the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks