17th July 2014

An evening on Grike and Crag Fell


Walk Overview
Time 5 to 7:30pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Helen and Kayleigh
Blakeley Moss - forest track past Heckbarley - Grike - Crag Fell - froest track back to Blakeley Moss
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


There was another sunny summer evening on offer so once again we headed out for a walk on the western edge of the Lake District. This outing saw us parking up on the Cold Fell road and heading onto Grike and Crag Fell. Two fells easily linked together and from this start point ascent is kept to a minimum.

Looking over the de-forested forest to Lank Rigg.

That's Grike up there.
"that's not a very nice name is it"
"now you mention it, I suppose it isn't"
Anyway: it's not very far but there's a short steep bit between us and the top.
This evening was very hot indeed (which was really nice). The downside was that the insects like the heat as well; so they were out in force (which was not so nice). We seemed to be taking it turns to jump about while not so politely telling the insects to "please go away". They obviously didn't listen because as I type this, the back of my arm is red, swollen and quite hot.

Over the stile, up the path and you're at the top where you'll be more than rewarded for your efforts.

Grike summit and the fantastic view all the way across to Pillar, Steeple, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell.

I'm still at the summit but now looking around to Gavel Fell and Great Borne. Behind those are Whiteside and the top of Grasmoor. The grassy looking fell behind the stones is Crag Fell, we're heading there next.


Crag Fell summit is reached with plenty of time on our hands so rather than heading straight back, we sit for a while enjoying the views and amongst other things, discussing how lucky we are to have all this on our doorstep.
The fells above the fields are Blake Fell and Gavel Fell, and, through the haze on the left you can see the outline of the Scottish hills.

Not a bad way to spend an evening !!


A bit of zoom was used to capture the section of the valley beyond the lake. From this distance it's an easy thing to assume, but I was asked if that was a road running through the trees. It's actually the River Liza, looking like a road because of the low level of the water and it has quite a wide, stoney riverbed anyway.

A close up of Red Pike.

We backtrack from Crag Fell for a short distance, where, instead of walking back up to Grike, we cut across to the forest track. This can be a very wet section of fellside indeed. Yesterdays rain had made it a bit soggy but I've been here many times in the middle of winter so I'm always going to compare it to those conditions. Perhaps I should 'invent' some sort of device that accurately measures the boggyness of a place. It may not make me rich or famous (not that I've ever wanted to be famous) but, it would be nice to go down in history as the inventor of the 'Bogometer'.

A view back along the track with the distinctive shape of Pillar & Steeple still visible in the distance.

Okay, there isn't a tree in sight so perhaps forest track isn't the right word for this anymore. However, you can still see where the forest once was so you'll have to forgive for not being able to think of anything else.

As we were walking back, these two guys were just heading out on their adventures. There was a really nice sunset tonight so if they were out long enough they'd have had a spectacular end to the day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks