Grange Fell

Grange Fell

Route: Grange Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 29th March 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.2 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sunny and warm

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 rocky staircase, quite steep at times, 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. Time was short today, and so I contented myself with a visit to 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, and which eventually ends at the Borrowdale road. I took a slightly shorter descent route than my normal one, having noticed this on the OS map. I’d not been this way before and wasn’t sure what lay in store – but it proved to be a safe and excellent route down, with some lovely views over Borrowdale

The shorter route also has the merit of reducing an unavoidable road section to a matter of 50 yards or so, and a footpath by the banks of the River Derwent makes this a pleasure not a chore. I crossed back over the road at the sign indicating ‘The Bowderstone’ and from here followed a 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

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