2nd August 2012

Crag Fell and Grike


Walk Overview
Time 15.00 to 16.50
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 5.4 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Blakeley Moss - Crag Fell - Grike - Forest track back to Blakeley Moss - Cold Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

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 opportunity presented itself to get out for a walk when it wasn't raining so I grabbed it with both hands and enjoyed a couple of hours on Grike and Crag Fell on the way home from work this afternoon.
Surely the weather has to pick up soon. We're now into the second month of unsettled conditions and I for one think we're due a couple of weeks of hot sunny weather. By the way, 'unsettled' is just a polite way of saying crap.

Moan over and now on with the walk.

If you've got £900,000 to spare you can buy Low Moor End Farm which is found between Ennerdale Bridge and Ennerdale Water. Part of the sale includes land up to and including the summit of Grike. Yes, you can have your own personal fell in the back garden.

Walking along the forestry track towards Grike.

A view of Lank Rigg over the tree stumps.

That looks promising

Grike summit with Pillar in the far distance.

Looking round to the left, you can see the Loweswater fells. The higher one on the left is Blake Fell.

Looking ahead to Crag Fell.

And as if by magic, , , here I am at the top of Crag Fell and again, that's Blake Fell in the background.

About ten steps forward from the previous picture you get this view down to Ennerdale Water and across to Great Borne, Starling Dodd and the Red Pike / High Stile ridge.
I think I've said it before, but this has to be one of my favourite Lake District views.

And a view further down the valley with Pillar up on the right.

I almost forgot to mention how wet it was around here today. This photo says it better than I ever could.


A close up of Pillar.


Almost back at the car and to finish, here's another photo showing Blake Fell. The one on the background not the one between to the foxglove and the tree stump.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks