Grange Fell

Grange Fell

Route: Grange Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 18th October 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.5 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Autumn is well underway, and I wanted to visit an area where there is good woodland colour at this time of the year. Another visit to Borrowdale, home to some ancient deciduous woods, would fit the bill perfectly. I parked in the National Trust Bowderstone car park and from here followed a path which goes through beautiful woodland, gradually curving around the steep crags above – a direct assault on the fell would be impossible for ordinary walkers

After walking through Cummacatta Wood I arrived at the steep (and sometimes slippery) rocky staircase which leads to Long Moss near the summit of the fell. Grange Fell is a complicated place and is an area of many lumps and bumps comprising 3 separate tops. King’s How is the loveliest of these, although it is slightly lower than nearby Brund Fell. My destination today was 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 I followed a narrow path which snakes round the other side of the fell and which eventually ends at the Borrowdale road. I 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. I 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 – this is a wonderful short fell walk at any time of the year. For anyone following this walk, I’d mention that although the route is only 3.5 miles long, it is likely to take as much time as one twice its length. The terrain is rocky and complicated and there are very few sections where it’s possible to get into a proper stride. Walking poles are a very useful piece of kit to bring along

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