9th August 2009

Grange Fell from Grange


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 15.15
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1734 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grange - High Lodore - Watendlath Beck - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Grange Fell - below Kings How - Frith Wood - Rosthwaite - New Bridge - 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

The centre of Grange, just off the road through the village.

This was Jennifer's choice of walk for today so I more or less just followed on where she wanted to go; except for the bit down from the top of Grange Fell where I was on hand to offer a couple of turn left or turn right suggestions.

Looking back towards the village from the bridge over the River Derwent. I could swear that that heap of stones is getting bigger.

Thankfully our wishes came true today and we managed to stay dry for the whole walk. This was despite it bucketing down on the drive through and seeing a couple of big showers during the early part of the walk; as this picture looking towards Derwent Water shows.

Walking through Mossmire Coppice on the way to Watendlath Beck.

and the bridge over Watendlath beck. This was where we walked a couple of weeks ago, only on that occasion we approached from the opposite direction.


"I might have a scrawny looking back, daft earrings and grass hanging out of my mouth, but I could still knock you over if I decided to chase after you"

A nice colourful scene at Watendlath.

Surely the leaves aren't starting to turn already.

Jennifer, leading the way to Grange Fell. As she said at the time "just follow the wall, go over the second stile, and stay on the path to the top."

Taken from the 'second stile', a view across the central ridge to the cloud covered eastern fells.

Heather clad rocks found just below the summit.

And a view towards Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite, taken from our lunch spot at the summit.

King's How enjoying a brief sunburst, and Jennifer, wanting to put her best foot forward, but currently a little unsure which was the best stone to put it onto.

Patchwork Borrowdale taken as we entered a forest of head high bracken. I can honestly say that walking down hill was definitely the most difficult part of this walk.

I must be desperate for summer to return if ten minutes of sunshine is worth a mention. While it did last though, it nicely lit up the woodland, but it also reminded us of a couple of months ago when the weather forecasters had predicted that August was going to be a scorcher. You would think they'd have learned by now that they just can't forecast so far in advance. At least if they stuck to forecasting a couple of days ahead they'd manage to keep some credibility.


Walking along the lane below Hazel Bank.

On the other side of the valley now and looking back across to Grange Fell and King's How.

The River Derwent.

Walking through the woods below Castle Crag.

Another picture of the River Derwent. This one was taken shortly before we passed by the campsite near Hollows farm.

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Lake District Walks