Route: Grange

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 30th September 2022

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.2 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun

Today’s walk is a slightly longer version of my previous walk in Borrowdale, one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District. I started from the same place, the National Trust Bowderstone car park. Instead of heading towards the famous Bowderstone (which is well worth a short there and back detour for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet) I headed in the opposite direction, into Cummacatta Wood. This is part of the Borrowdale rainforest and is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It also gets international recognition as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the highest tier of protection given to habitats in Europe

There was a real sense of being in a jungle as I followed a narrow path through the ancient woodland, which was full of ferns, moss and mushrooms. There were dramatic views of the crags beside Grange Fell along the way. Eventually I reached the edge of the wood and Derwent Water came into view. I followed a track to the roadside and walked along a narrow pavement for a short distance. I then branched off to join a path through the fields which brought me to the lovely Chinese Bridge over the River Derwent (the name was inspired by the shallow arch). There followed a delighful section across the head of Derwent Water, where a boardwalk provides easy access over a marshy area

This was the far point of the walk and from here I followed a section of the long distance Cumbria Way below the slopes of Maiden Moor. A short stroll along a lane brought me into the village of Grange. Grange is situated at the entrance to the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale‘, where the valley squeezes between Grange Fell and Castle Crag. As a result I was able to walk from one side of the valley to the other in under five minutes. At the edge of the village I crossed the double arched bridge over the River Derwent and turned right along the road. Instead of following the road back to the start I re-entered Cummacatta Wood, met up with my original path and retraced my steps back to the start of another lovely walk in Borrowdale

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