Borrowdale from King's How

King’s How

Route: King’s How on Grange Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 12th April 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.5 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

At long last! The end of lockdown caused by the global Covid 19 pandemic and hopefully the beginning of a return to normality. Instead of seeking new routes to walk it seemed more appropriate today to revisit one of our old favourites, a place we could never tire of. Grange Fell is a lowly fell but what it lacks in height it makes up for in beauty, being set in the heart of Borrowdale, one of the loveliest valleys in the Lake District. It’s a superb craggy little fell with three separate widely scattered tops – Ether Knott, Brund Fell and today’s destination King’s How. We parked in the National Trust Bowderstone car park and from here followed a path which goes through ancient woodland, which is classified as temperate rainforest. The woodland path gradually curves around the steep crags above – a direct assault on the fell would be impossible for ordinary walkers

After walking through Cummacatta Wood we arrived at the steep  rocky staircase which leads to Long Moss near the summit of 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 the summit is out of the question thanks to the crags on the west, so we followed a narrow path which snakes round the other side of the fell and which descends steeply, eventually ending at the Borrowdale road. We 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. we followed this path through the woods, past the massive Bowderstone and back to the car park. During the course of the walk we didn’t see another soul until we arrived back near the start

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. It’s best to set aside a full morning or afternoon. 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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