13th September 2009

A perfect start to the day on a walk up Maiden Moor and High Spy


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 12.30
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 2390 ft
Walking with On my own
Grange - Manesty - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Wilson's Bield - Rigghead Quarries - Allerdale Ramble - 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

What a perfect start to the day, crystal clear views, no wind and the sun was surprisingly warm considering it was only 8.30. Today's walk took me around a route I've done many times over the years, but one I never tire of.

The first part of the walk was done along the road between Grange and Manesty, taking in some lovely countryside along the way. I have to admit, it was so nice down here I almost abandoned the idea of walking onto the fells in favour of a lower level walk instead. However, I realised just how busy it would get once the day had moved on a little, so it was up onto Maiden Moor I went after all.


Looking into the southern end of Borrowdale from the bottom section of the walk up to Hause Gate.

And a little higher still, I took this picture of the fells on the opposite side of the valley.


It looks like the escalator is out of order; again!

The views just keep getting better and better. By the look of that cloud though; I had to wonder how long I would manage to stay in the sun.

I don't suppose these two could care less about looking across at the Skiddaw fells.

A collection of north western fells taken from Hause Gate. Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, Wandope, Knott Rigg and Ard Crags.

Looking back across Hause Gate to Cat Bells. I'll bet it's busier than this in a couple of hours time.


Another view across to the north western fells, this time with the cloud beginning to build above the highest of the fells.

Well, there goes the sun; for a short time anyway.

High Spy summit.


Zooming in on the Rosthwaite / Stonethwaite area of Borrowdale.

Heading back down to Borrowdale by way of Rigghead Quarries.




Castle Crag comes into view as I reach the path which would lead me down to valley level and back to Grange.

Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells seen behind Castle Crag.


It was red hot again now and thoroughly enjoyable walking along the path into Grange.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks