Grange Fell

Grange Fell

Route: Grange Fell and Watendlath

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 8th October 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 1,400 feet

Weather: Sunny, some clouds later on

Grange Fell is wonderful place, full of lumps and bumps and boasting views of many of the lakeland fells. It consists of three separate tops – King’s How, Ether Knott and Brund Fell. The latter is the highest of the three and the one we were aiming for today

We drove over to Borrowdale and parked in the National Trust car park in the village of Rosthwaite. After leaving the village we crossed the Borrowdale road and followed the track to Hazel Bank Hotel, set in a wonderful position overlooking the valley. We followed the path around the left side of the hotel and started the steady climb up the rocky path leading to Puddingstone Bank. There are superb retrospective views over Borrowdale along the way

From Puddingstone Bank we descended to the hamlet of Watendlath, owned and preserved by the National Trust. Watendlath Tarn adjoins the hamlet, which is located in a classic ‘hanging valley’ – it’s an idyllic spot

After refreshments at the small National Trust cafe (open during the main season), we retraced our steps for a few yards and picked up a faint path leading to a rocky area known as Black Waugh. The path is easily missed, and the key to the ascent is to keep the dry stone wall on your right. The path draws closer to the wall as height is gained. Grange Fell is a soggy place at the best of times, and anyone coming this way is advised to wear waterproof boots

We arrived at the rocky prominence of Brund Fell, the highest point on Grange Fell, and climbed to the summit to enjoy the extensive views. We then descended along another juicy path back to Puddingstone Bank. From here we retraced our steps back to the start, enjoying the wonderful views of Borrowdale for a second time

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