Grange Fell & Great Crag
TWO Wainwright circular walk: Grange Fell and Great Crag
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Parking: in the National Trust Car Park in Watendlath (£6.50 for 4 hours in 2021)
|King's How and Brund Fell from below Rosthwaite Fell|
Wainwright was clearly fond of Grange Fell. It is certainly not amongst the highest or most dramatic of fells but covers an interesting area of heathery slopes and varied summits, offering a range of views.
|Strava estimates a walking distance of 8 km|
1. Start by crossing the old stone bridge over the beck at the end of Watendlath Tarn. At the signpost soon after the bridge, it's a nicer walk if you head right, away from the tarn, and walk up through the grass, through a gate, and then make your way up the hillside on a path to the left of a stone wall.
4. To make your way to King's How, look for the path heading west, between the rocks and hummocks, in the direction of Castle Crag and Dale Head.
|Head down to cross the track and continue onwards|
14. The path reaches a flat wet area where a sign asks walkers to follow a waymarked route to protect wildlife. Take this route, skirting around to the left of the wetland, rather than taking the direct route straight through the bog myrtle.
|Skirt around the area of wetland|
|Looking south to Eagle and Sergeant's Crags|
|Looking across to the northern top and Watendlath|
Worth knowing: Watendlath is a hamlet that sits in its own hidden valley, reached by a minor road that crosses one of Lakeland's most photogenic stone bridges, Ashness Bridge. So, whatever the weather, on the way back towards the main road at Derwent Water, do stop and take a photo!