30th November 2009

Grike and Crag Fell


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 14.40
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Blakeley moss - Grike - Crag Fell - forest track below Crag Fell & Grike - Kinney How - Blakeley Raise - Cold Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Cold Fell (Blakeley Moss)

Stretching six miles between Calder Bridge and Ennerdale Bridge, Cold Fell acts as a convenient shortcut across the western most section of the Lake District. There are lots of possible parking places across the Ennerdale half of the route; each one offering its own access onto the fantastically remote fells across this edge of the Lakes.


Route Map

You've got to make good use of any decent weather you can these days, so that's exactly what I did this afternoon by heading out onto a couple of the fells near the Cold Fell road. Unfortunately, if it's a late start, the short days mean I'm limited to much shorter walks at this time of year.


Walking along the track around Blakeley Raise.


A little further along the track I climbed over the gate and took the shortest, direct route up onto Grike.


Just below the summit and a view across to the Cumbrian coast, Solway Firth and the Scottish Hills.


Grike summit.


And again, looking to Crag Fell.


, , and across to the coast.


Given all the rain we've had recently, I was prepared for a soggy walk across to Crag Fell. As it turned out, the ground was semi frozen and I managed to get to the other side without sinking more then an inch or so along the way.


Crag Fell summit in front of the Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Style ridge..


This time with the Pillar fells in the background.


And only half a dozen steps from the summit, the view opens up to include Ennerdale Water and the valley.


Bowness farm.


A close up of Pillar, ,


, , Steeple / Scoat Fell, ,


, , and now them all at the same time.


Long distance to Pillar.


The view back along the forest track; again, Pillar can be seen in the background.




Looking back from the route up to Blakeley Raise.


Whoap and Lank Rigg.


Blakeley Raise summit.




A close up of Meadely Reservoir.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks