30th July 2016

Ullscarf and Grange Fell from Stonethwaite

Time 8am to 3pm
Duration 7 hr
Distance 10.7 mile
Ascent 2800 ft or there abouts
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Stonethwaite - Greenup Gill - Greenup Edge - Ullscarf - Standing Crag - Blea Tarn - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Grange Fell - Puddingstone Bank - Above Rosthwaite - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.

Route Map



Eagle Crag seen from the path just outside Stonethwaite.

Here we look back towards Stonethwaite and Borrowdale from the easy going level ground on route to Greenup Gill.

With a little height gained we're able to gaze over the treetops for a view into Borrowdale and across to Dale Head, High Spy and Maiden Moor. On the walk up here conversation turned to my memorable expedition a couple of weeks ago that included a walk down here in temperatures nearing 30 degrees.


We were sheltered from any breeze so it made for very humid work up here today.

A close up of Esk Pike.

Here's the view from the top of Lining Crag.

We turn left somewhere around the highest bit on Greenup Edge and make our way across boggy ground to Ullscarf. The thing I find a real shame is the negative opinion many people have of this area. Needless to say we touched on this subject and both agree that this is a fantastic area and certainly not somewhere that leaves us feeling disappointed after a visit.

Looks like it's raining over there and we reckon it's heading our way.


Ullscarf summit.

A close up of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaie Lake.

At Fencepost Corner we take the right-hand fence line and head towards Standing Crag.

Blea Tarn seen from the top of Standing Crag. Our route would take us just across from the right hand side of the tarn.

Go back up three pictures to notice how the cloud has now dropped down on the Helvellyn fells.

Standing Crag.

Blea Tarn.

and a look back to the tarn, plus Standing Crag.

Heading from the tarn towards Watendlath. It's been years since I've walked across this section of fellside and reacquainting myself with the place was definitely the highlight of today's outing.

From our vantage point we get this great view of Watendlath.






A last look back as we leave Watendlath.

A Grange Fell summit view.

Brilliant, it seems to be brightening up a bit.


Stonethwaite comes into view as we join the lower path between Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite.

And to finish, we walk along the lonnin into Stonethwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks