7th November 2010

Maiden Moor and High Spy from Grange


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 13.40
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grange - Manesty - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Wilson's bield - Rigghead Quaries - 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

The only hindrance to visibility when I went outside today was the ice I had to scrape off the car windscreen. And at that time I thought we were in for a frosty and icy walk. So much so that Jennifer went back in the house to get an extra jacket to put on. Surprisingly, it was quite warm walking in the sunshine and Jennifer ended up carrying the extra layer around without needing to wear it.
To state the obvious, mornings like this are just magical on the fells; a chance to see the Lake District at its absolute best.

After a short walk along the road from Grange, we turned onto this path which leads up to Hause Gate.

Looking back down to Borrowdale.

The path up the side of the fell is nice and steady and once you've gained a little height you have an uninterrupted view down to Derwent Water, Keswick and the northern fells.

and there's the view.


A close up of Keswick launch.

Standing at the low point between Cat Bells and Maiden Moor with a view across to Wandope, Sail, Scar Crags Causey Pike, Ard Crags and Grisedale Pike.

A picture of me taking a picture of Cat Bells.

On route around the Bull Crag section of Maiden Moor you treated to this fantastic view down to Newlands Valley, Bassenthwaite Lake and the Skiddaw Fells. The fell on the left edge of the picture is Causey Pike and the on the near right is Cat Bells.

A short walk on from taking the previous picture and you can look down to the head of Newlands Valley and across to the Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike group of fells.

Maiden Moor summit in front of the central and eastern fells.

Looking over the flattish ground on Maiden Moor.

A close up of Grange. Ours was the only car outside the church when we started walking, but there seems to be quite a few more down there now.


High Spy summit.

Time to head back down to Borrowdale now. The route took us through the ruins of Rigghead Quarries.

The walk down here in the shade was much cooler than it was on the tops. Hardly surprising because I don't suppose a lot of sunshine finds its way into here at this time of year. It wasn't the temperature that was the problem though; it was the slippery stones. It isn't drastically steep and the path is well defined, but as anyone who has walked on this stuff will know, the slightest bit of moisture and this slate is lethal to walk on. Anyway: enough talking, it's time I started thinking about where I put my feet.

Looking back up Tongue Gill.

The pattern these past few days seems to be for the cloud to build up in the afternoon. So, after another gorgeous start, we finished the walk without any sunshine at all.

This is a lovely section of path through here. We only walked along part of it today, but if you're wanting to walk between Seatoller and Grange, then this offers a great alternative than walking through Borrowdale itself.

Walking through the woods above the River Derwent.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks