26th June 2009

Crag Fell the hard way


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 15.30
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3.2 mile
Ascent 1390 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Geen Cottages - Ennerdale Water - Anglers Crag - Crag Fell Pinnacles - Crag Fell - Revelin Crag - Ben Gill - Bleach Green Cottages
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 was another hot afternoon as I headed down to the weir end of Ennerdale Water for a short walk onto Crag Fell, and it's not just the heat that was worth a mention, but also the wind. Despite its strength though, it did nothing at all to cool things down.

The route onto Crag Fell for today was Anglers Crag, seen here above the lake, and then past the pinnacles of rock on the side of the fell, these can just be seen behind the tree.

Ennerdale Water, showing just how windy it was today.

For a short distance I followed the lake shore before taking the narrow path onto Anglers Crag. You can just and so make out the path running up through the bracken.

Looking across, rather than down the lake.
The two darker points sticking up above the skyline are Knock Murton (left) and Blake Fell (right).


Ennerdale Water taken from Anglers Crag.

And a view through Ennerdale to the fells beyond, some of which are:-
Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, Pillar and Steeple.

Looking in almost the same direction as the previous picture. Of course this one has more of the lake in view and less of the fells.

Did I mention it was red hot today?
There were no camera tricks here by the way, it really is this steep.

Three pictures of the pinnacles, , , one from the bottom, , ,

one from the side, , ,

and one from above.

Well, that wasn't half hard work, but now that I've reached the escarpment below Crag Fell, the going gets much easier.

Crag Fell summit.

Now for the walk back down.

Crossing Ben Gill.

Sunlit fields and ever darkening skies.



By the look of this I'm getting back to the car just in time.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks