19th August 2011

Crag Fell and Ennerdale Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 15.55
Duration 2 hr 25 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green - near Crag Farm - Ben Gill - Crag Fell - south of Grike and Heckbarley - Scarny Brow - Ennerdale Bridge - Broadmoor - Bleach Green
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

I chose today's walk for a few reasons, the main one being the weather forecast which was for rain starting in the afternoon, so I wanted the walk to be fairly close to home, and on the back of those, I also wanted to have a look to see how much more tree felling had been done since I was here last.

Heading up through the woods above Crag Farm House.

Once out of the woods, you're greeted with this view down to Ennerdale.

Looking ahead to Crag Fell.
I'm sure all you geologists out there will be able to explain the curious shape of the fell, but to a 'simpleton' like me, it just looks like someone has taken a big slice out of it with a blunt knife.

Crossing Ben Gill.
The fell on the right hand side of Knock Murton.

A view back down the ridge above Revelin Crag.


Mmmm, it doesn't look too promising over there.

Turning around and looking across to Lank Rigg, which was just about to disappear under the ever increasing cloud.

Obviously the photo doesn't show it, but the wind was howling through here today. I was still dry though, so I wasn't complaining.


Wow, these guys have been busy.

On of the many piles of wood I passed on route to the Cold Fell road.

I assume at some point in time this was someone's pride and joy.

A close up of Ennerdale Bridge; where I'm heading next.


this is a picture looking back up the "footpath avoiding the road" route I took into Ennerdale Bridge.

Only 7 miles from home, plus the few extra I needed to add because I had to find an alternative route.

A view towards the Ennerdale fells taken from the point where the Cold Fell Road meets the road just outside Ennerdale.

As I walked through Ennerdale Bridge, I took the slightest of de-tours to pass the Fox & Hounds and, , ,

, , , the church, which is found on the opposite side of the road.


It started raining at this point, never mind, there isn't far to go now.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks