7th May 2015

An evening walk on Grike and Crag Fell

Time 5 to 6:50pm
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1100ft
Walking with Helen and Kayleigh
Blakeley Moss - forest track past Heckbarley - Grike - Crag Fell - froest track back to Blakeley Moss
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


We had another lovely spring evening today so we took a slight de-tour form the normal route home to have a walk onto Grike and Crag Fell. It's generally nice and quiet around here and without a huge amount of hard work being involved you can have a really enjoyable couple of hours. The whole walk is good but the highlight has to be the view from Crag Fell. Dare I say one of the best in the Lake District.

What a difference from the day I was up here in February when we enjoyed cloud inversions over Ennerdale and walked across Lank Rigg Tarn which was frozen solid.

As we walk around the flanks of Blakeley Rise the Loweswater fells are seen over on our left. The higher one you can see if Blake Fell which is another strong candidate for an evening walk sometime soon.

A close up showing part of Ennerdale Bridge.


Looking across to Lank Rigg.


A rather hazy view over the regimented lines of tree stumps looking towards the Cumbrian coast.

Looking in the same direction, here's a close up of the River Calder.

Grike summit shelter.

Turning to the left we see the Loweswater fells, Great Borne and in the distance the top of Grasmoor & Whiteside.

From Grike we make the short walk over to Crag Fell. It's a bit wet and muddy across the middle section but not enough to worry about sinking without a trace and never being found until the end of time.

Zooming in on Pillar, Steeple and Scoat Fell.

Crag Fell summit in front of Blake Fell, Gavel Fell and Great Borne.

and from the edge; a view down to Ennerdale.

"Does anyone remember going to work today?"

A close up of the valley as it stretches out beyond Ennerdale Water.

As we re-join the main forest path I look back at Pillar and Steeple in the distance.

To bring this evening expedition to a close I take a picture looking back at Grike.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks