14th June 2008

High Spy and off path walking to reach two named sheepfolds


Walk Overview
Time 13.00 to 16.20
Duration 3hr 20 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 2120 ft
Walking with On my own
Grange - Nitting Haws - Joe Bank's Fold - High Spy - Robin's Fold - Tongue Gill - Allerdale Ramble - River Derwent - Grange
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Grange village, Borrowdale

There are a few off road spaces next to the bridge, but the only real option is to park on the roadside near the church. Please be considerate though, people do live here and the last thing they need is people parking in front of their driveways.

I believe there is now double yellow lines along this road.


Route Map

It was surprisingly quiet in Grange this afternoon, and to be honest I really didn't think I'd be able to get parked in the village at this time of day. If I hadn't got parked I intended to try a little further along the road and failing that I'd have gone somewhere totally different. Anyway: I did get a space and set out to walk up High Spy via Knitting Haws. This is a route I've walked down about three times in the past, but one I've never used as an ascent; until today of course.


Looking down onto Grange.

The view down to Derwent Water, with Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Blencathra, Walla Crag behind.

And looking in the same direction, from higher up the fell.

This picture shows the path running below Knitting Haws. From the road you may look up and wonder how on earth you're going to manage a walk up to the ridge, but as you can see, the path is actually quite easy and manages to avoid almost all of the craggy sections.


High Spy summit.

Whilst on the fell itself, I spent a good deal of my time walking off path today. When I left High Spy, I went off path almost straight away; this time to head down to Robin's Fold.

And there it is.

A fell walkers eye view of Rosthwaite.

And without zooming in.

Tongue Gill with the disused Rigghead Quarries on the opposite side of the gill.

And from much further down the quarry path.

Cutting the corner, so to speak. I crossed Tongue Gill at the ford to take this slightly higher path which joins up with the Allerdale Ramble route further around towards Castle Crag.

Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells in the distance and Castle Crag on the right hand side of the photo.

The Allerdale Ramble side of Castle Crag, with its spectacular rocks, crags and scree which would put many fells of double this height to shame.

And now for the lovely woodland and riverside walk back to Grange.


The River Derwent, or rather what's left of it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks