Kings How

King’s How

Route: Kings How

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 26th August 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.5 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, very 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 direct assault on the fell would be impossible for ordinary walkers

After walking through Cummacatta Wood I arrived at the steep rocky staircase which leads to Long Moss near the summit of the fell. Grange Fell is a complicated place and is an area of many lumps and bumps comprising 3 separate tops. Kings How is the loveliest of these, although it is slightly lower than nearby Brund Fell. My destination today was Kings How. From the summit there is a superb view over Derwent Water looking one way and Borrowdale looking the other. Heather thrives on the fells in this area, and although the display was starting to go over, there were several purple patches which enhanced the views, especially those towards the head of Borrowdale

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 of the fell and which eventually ends at the Borrowdale road. I 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. I followed this 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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