26th December 2012

Crag Fell, Grike and Ennerdale Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 13.30
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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

It wasn't the brightest of days today so we stuck closer to home and had a walk up Crag Fell and Grike. All that clear, frosty weather we had earlier in the month arrived two weeks too early for me to make best use of it.

Walking through the woods above Crag Farm House. Actually, this is just a picture looking back through the woods, , ,

, , , this is the picture of Jennifer walking through them.

Ennerdale Water and Great Borne taken as we leave the woods and begin to walk up the open fellside.

Just about to cross Ben Gill. That's Crag Fell up on the skyline.

A not too clear picture looking back down our route and onto the countryside around Ennerdale.

and again, from much higher up the side of the fell.

The wind was really picking up now so it was time for me to get away from the edge and back onto the path.

Crag Fell summit without a view.

Heading across the boggy bit on route to Grike.

Despite it looking like a damp sort of day and the fact that we'd walked all the way round with waterproofs on it didn't rain at all. I'm pleased there was no rain but if I'd known beforehand, I would have left mine in the car. I didn't carry a bag or anything with me today so I was stuck with them on the whole way round.

Grike summit, there was no view from this one either.

Lank Rigg, seen over an area of tree felling debris.

A long distance view across to the Loweswater fells.

The Fox and Hounds in Ennerdale.

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