19th February 2011

A snowy Great Crag and Grange Fell walk


Walk Overview
Time 11.20 to 14.50
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Lingy End - Dock Tarn - Great Crag - Watendlath - Puddingstone Back - Grange Fell - Puddngstone Bank - Rothwaite - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.


Route Map

Just after leaving Stonethwaite I took this photo looking across to a cloud topped Eagle Crag,

I didn't hold out much hope of seeing alot today. I initially thought that by the time I got to Dock Tarn I'd be groping about among the cloud and making sure I didn't slip into the tarn. As it turned out, the only time I was in cloud was around the summit of Great Crag so I can't really complain.

A quick look back to Stonethwaite before I begin the climb up 'the steps' to Lingy End, as we always call them.

A view back through the woods as I walk up to Lingy End.

With a coat like this, I can only assume this one is called Joseph, or perhaps Joseph(ine), , , , , you might need to think about it for a while !!

A rather bleak picture of Greenup Gill.


It's a good job I know where I'm going, because the covering of snow has hidden all evidence of where the path actually is. Had the cloud came down as I'd expected it to, I would have simply followed the narrow beck (Willygrass Gill) which I knew would take me up to the tarn.

Dock Tarn comes into view.
With the snow on the ground and the cloud hanging about, I can only echo what Frazer used to say on Dad's Army, "this is a wild and lonely place you understand".

Another picture of Dock Tarn, this one was taken at the opposite end of the tarn from the previous photo.

Watendlath, taken just before I talked myself into having a quick dash up and down Great Crag.

It was raining heavily while I was on Great Crag and if I'm honest, it was a little awkward on here. After taking this picture the cloud dropped which reduced visibility to next to nowt. Trickiest of all however, was that everywhere was extremely slippery, so I hardly need say that I didn't hang around. Had the route up and down from the main path been much longer I'd have done the sensible thing and missed Great Crag out.

It was clear again now and thankfully the rain had stopped.

Almost down to Watendlath and for a very brief time it actually brightened up a little.

Watendlath and its tarn.

In Watendlath itself and along the path just outside, there were a few people knocking about. Once I reached the higher section where I left Puddingstone Bank, at least for the time being, I was heading back into an area of seclusion, fantastic!

Grange fell summit. Despite the cloud, you can still make out Derwent Water on the right of the picture.

I took this picture on route back down from Grange Fell; just as the rain set in again. Unfortunately it lasted until I was almost in Rosthwaite.

A deserted Rosthwaite, well, apart from a guy I saw walking his dog and a dripping wet and somewhat bedraggled looking fellwalker called David.

Back at Stonethwaite after a walk of mixed conditions. Obviously I'd rather the rain and cloud hadn't been there, but this is still my favourite route of them all. One which I've done in every weather you could imagine, so a bit of snow, cloud and rain can do little to take away any of the enjoyment.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks