23rd October 2016

Great Crag, Grange Fell and Kings How

Time 9:20am to 1:15pm
Duration 3 hr 55 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2300ft or somewhere close to that
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Lingy End - Dock Tarn - Great Crag - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Grange Fell - Kings How - Frith Wood - Rosthwaite - 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


Today I find myself in Stonethwaite to do a variation of what is probably my favorite route in the Lake District - not my favorite fell - my favorite route. It's about half a lifetime since the first time I set out on this walk. At the time I had no more than half a dozen walks to my name so this was quite an adventure. To say the absolute least, after that first viewing of Dock Tarn I was hooked, my life took on a whole new meaning and I've been walking in the Lake District at the rate I do now ever since. What I regret, is not keeping a record of any of my walks prior to starting this website.

Stonethwaite begins to brighten up as the sun gets high enough in the sky to see over the fell tops and into this narrow valley.

Looking ahead to Eagle Crag as I gradually gain height and leave the valley behind

The steps.

At Lingy End I look over to fells around Honister Pass.

Sadly the sunshine was absent on my walk alongside Dock Tarn. It didn't seem to bother those sheep and if truth be told it didn't really bother me but, , , it did mean that the photos were far to dark to show of how nice the place is.


Past Dock Tarn and Great Crag and I begin the walk down to Watendlath. There's a guy sanding next to the wall down there. He hardly moved an inch as I walked down and although I got a hello, it was a little odd to say the least. Towards the end of the walk I passed what I was sure was the same guy just standing there in the woods below Kings How.



Watendlath Tarn and Watendlath.

Looking back up to Great Crag (right).

Walking across Puddingstone Bank.

Grange Fell summit.


Derwent Water seen from the top of Kings How.

Owned by the National Trust, Grange Fell was one of its first purchases in the Lake District; the money was raised by public subscription as a memorial to King Edward VII at the bequest of the King's sister Princess Louise, who was President of the Trust at the time (1910).

Just below the summit of King's How is a plaque. It reads:-
In Loving Memory of King Edward VII, Grange Fell is dedicated by his sister Louise as a sanctuary of rest and peace. Here may all beings gather strength, find in scenes of beautiful nature a cause for gratitude and love to God, giving them courage and vigour to carry on his will.


Time to head back down.

Can't complain about the view on the walk down here!

A close up of Castle Crag.

What a difference now the sun has decided to show its face again. I could say better late than never but I still have a good bit yet to walk so I had plenty of time to enjoy the warmth and the colours.




An autumnal display on the outskirts of Rosthwaite.

Looking across to t'other side of the valley from the path between Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite.

And to finish, a picture taken next to the bridge in Stonethwaite. It's always good to reacquaint yourself a place you're particularly fond of and today I did just that. I said hello to a few old friends such as Dock Tarn & Watendlath and arrived back at the car feeling grateful for another day of enjoyment given to me by the Lake District.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks