Grange Fell

Grange Fell

Central Lake District

Route: Grange Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 21st October 2016

Walkers: Andrew James and Jason

Distance: 3.7 miles

Weather: Light cloud and some weak sun, no wind at all

Grange Fell is one of my favourite places, consisting of three separate summits – Brund Fell, King’s How and Ether Knott. Today’s objective was the best known of the trio, King’s How

We parked in the Bowderstone car park and set off along a narrow path through the woodland. Wainwright describes the ascent as ‘exquisitely lovely (in autumn a golden ladder to heaven) and simply must not be missed. Sacrifice any other walk, if need be, but not this!’

As usual, his description is perfect. We climbed uphill, quite steeply at times, stopping often to admire the autumn colours all around us, and eventually emerging above the tree line at the marshy area known as Long Moss

From here it’s a short rocky climb to the summit, from where there are spectacular views over Derwent Water to the north and Borrowdale to the south – we agreed that this would be a good place for our picnic. Suitably refuelled we followed a path towards Borrowdale (a direct descent back to the start is out of the question thanks to the steep crags which encircle the fell)

Eventually we arrived at the Borrowdale road which we followed for a short distance before following a path through the woods back to the start. It was a wonderful walk and I hope that the photos which follow do it some justice…

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