22nd November 2013

Crag Fell, Grike and Ennerdale Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 11:15am to 1:45pm
Duration 2 hr 30 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

The car park was almost full when I got here this morning which is quite a strange thing to find here in the middle of summer, never mind a chilly midweek day at the end of November. Because I never say anyone else until I got to Crag Fell summit, I can only assume the lakeside path would have been very busy today. Those with any sense would have headed around to the sunny side of the lake which looked gorgeous from up here.

Zooming in a little on Great Borne.

To reach the open fellside I needed to walk up through the woods on the Ennerdale side of Grike. I must have walked up here dozens of times over the years so I'm not sure why today seemed different. The place had an absolute silence and stillness about it, and although I was warming up, there was an eerie chill in the air. I don't normally get spooked by being in places like this on my own but I was rather pleased to get to the stile at the top of the woods on this occasion. Once I was over the stile, something inside even told me not to look back. Very strange!

Looking up to Crag Fell from path next to Ben Gill.

I'm up on the sunshine now and on the final walk up to the summit.

The Loweswater fells, Great Borne and part of Ennerdale Water seen from Crag Fell Summit.

Turning around to the right for a view down to and through Ennerdale.

Crag Fell summit.

It's normally a wet and muddy affair walking across to Grike. With todays frost on the ground my boots were almost bone dry by the time I reached Grike. The usual squelch, squelch was replaced with a crunch, crunch sound today.

Frozen Bog.

A close up of Pillar and Steeple.

Grike summit cairn in front of the Cumbrian coast and the Solway Firth.

Next to the cairn is this oversized pile of stones which is actually shaped into a shelter around the other side.

Same stones / shelter and now I'm looking across to Pillar in the distance.

Looking back towards Grike from the forest(less) track.


Looking across to Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell.

It appears that the woodcutter and his axe weren't quite as thorough as they perhaps thought they were.

I've often wondered where cigars came from but I never thought it would have been just outside Ennerdale. Okay, 'often wondered' is a slight exaggeration. It just goes to prove you do actually learn something new everyday.

A sort of close up picture of Herdus, Banna Fell and Grasmoor.

Here are two pictures of me taking pictures along the lane between the Cold Fell road and Ennerdale Bridge.
"Why does the shadow look such a strange shape"
"That's my jacket. It was such a nice day I didn't bother taking a bag or anything and I just hooked the jacket through the strap on the camera case"

The information plaque.

and the actual view.
NOTE: Kelton Fell, Knock Murton and Sharp Knott are out of view behind the tree on the left of the picture.

Cottages in Ennerdale Bridge.

And just around the corner from the cottages is Ennerdale church.
"See, I told you I wasn't completely useless"
"What do you mean by that"
"The wall around the church is still standing. When I left school in 19, , , actually the year doesn't matter, but my first job was with the council and one of the first things I did was help out pointing up the wall around Ennerdale church"

David Hall -
Lake District Walks