3rd March 2012

Crag Fell, Grike and Ennerdale Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 12.40 to 15.25
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green - near Crag Farm - Ben Gill - Crag Fell - Grike - 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

Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Bowness Knott, seen on the opposite side of Ennerdale Water.

Looking up the path through the woods above Crag Farm House.   And now looking back down. The place was soaking wet today and was giving off that lovely small of damp earth and pine needles.

A view down to the end of Ennerdale Water.
The bulky looking fell on the right is Great Borne.

The Backmarker.

The wind was really picking up and there were a few spots of rain in the air, so I went for the 'get the waterproofs on before you actually need them' approach. Just as well as it turned out, once I got onto the path leading up to the summit, the heavens opened with a vengeance and the wind was blowing it almost horizontal.

Ben Gill.



Crag Fell summit, , , ,

, , , , and from the other side of the cairn, a view down to Ennerdale Water.

On route between Crag Fell and Grike I gave up trying to avoid the water. It wasn't doing much good and in the end it seemed easier to walk straight through it.

A bit of sunshine makes all the difference, even if it was just as windy.

Lank Rigg seen from Grike summit.

Still at the summit and now looking across to Crag Fell and Great Borne.

The going was much easier once I got out of the wind and onto the forest track. I say forest track, but the forest is almost gone now.

Looking back to Grike.

Lank Rigg.

A view over towards the west coast.

A close up of Kirkland.

to state the obvious, the tree felling has really opened up the views around here and I for one am glad to see the back of all those regimented lines of conifers. It's just a pity that it'll take longer for the fellside to recover than I've got time left.
The fells in the distance are the Loweswater fells, Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell.


Heckbarley; what a great name for lovely spot like this.

Passing (or rather passed) the Fox and Hounds in Ennerdale Bridge.
I was going to have look in the church as I was passing but there seemed to be a wedding taking place. Perhaps I could have timed my opening of the door with the vicars "if anyone know of any lawful impediment" question.


It's not very often I see a car that's dirtier than mine, but this one hasn't seen soap and water for years. The horse could do with a bit of a scrub as well.

Bleach Green Cottage, found opposite the car park.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks