Grange Fell

Route: Grange Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 15th February 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and David

Distance: 3.5 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Cloudy, cold and windy

Our nephew David was keen to tick off another Wainwright, and as Grange Fell was on his to do list we decided that it would be today’s target. We parked in the National Trust Bowderstone car park and from here followed a path which goes through woodland and then bracken, gradually curving around the steep crags above

A rocky staircase then leads to Long Moss near the summit of the fell. Grange Fell has 3 separate tops, King’s How being the loveliest, though slightly lower than nearby Brund Fell. Today we visited King’s How. From the summit there is a superb view over Derwent Water looking one way and Borrowdale looking the other

A direct descent from here is out of the question thanks to the crags on the west side of the fell, so we followed a narrow path which snakes round the other side of the fell and which eventually brought us down to the Borrowdale road. We followed the road for a short distance – there’s a narrow footpath most of the way – then crossed over at the sign indicating the Bowderstone. We followed this path through the woods, past the massive Bowderstone and back to the car park

What Grange Fell lacks in height it more than makes up for in beauty – it had been a great little walk and, despite it being half term, we didn’t see another walker until we were almost back to the start

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