2nd January 2016

Crag Fell, Grike and Ennerdale Bridge

Time 10:55am to 1:30pm
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green - near Crag Farm - Ben Gill - Crag Fell - Grike - Scarny Brow - Ennerdale Bridge - Broadmoor - Bleach Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water has a reputation for being an out of the way place and is arguably the most difficult of all the lakes to reach. Well, not so if you live on this side of the Lake District. For me, the lake and its surrounding fells are actually the closest to home. The upshot of its reputation is place where you ( or me ) can usually walk without meeting the crowds found in some other areas of the Lake District.

Unless there happened to be some sort of special event on, I'd go as far as to say this is some where you're guaranteed to get a parking space, and it's free.


Route Map


Taking the weather forecasters at their word, I took advantage of the dry(ish) couple of hours I was promised in the middle of the day and had a walk at Ennerdale. First of all I headed onto Crag Fell, then Grike and after that, I returned via the Cold Fell road and Ennerdale Bridge (the village). This is a great little walk for an unsettled day like this, but, despite getting caught in a few showers it was still very mild for the time of year.

Crag House Farm with Crag Fell above (on the right).

In the distance are Knock Murton and Blake Fell.


Once out of the woods Ennerdale comes into view, as does Great Borne and some of the Loweswater Fells.

Looking up to Crag Fell, taken just before I cross Ben Gill.

The view backwards.

Crag Fell summit.

A shower of rain passes over as I make my way from Crag Fell to Grike. I knew it was already going to be wet down there so I suppose a little more rain won't add much to the boggyness of the place.


As I stand up to my ankles in water I can hear the revving of motorbikes in the distance. It took a few minutes to spot them but here they are on Whoap.

Looking back to Crag Fell.

Grike summit in front of the Loweswater Fells.


It seems like the rain has set in now so it was time to put on the waterproofs and put away the camera. Before I do, I take this picture looking across to Knock Murton and Blake Fell.

It sure is !!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks