|Name of walk||Grike and Crag Fell|
|Date of walk||2022-02-11|
On Friday I decided to walk up to Grike and Crag Fell, two Western Fells. It is two years since my last visit, and four years since I walked it with Ged. It is a very easy walk and only 5.8 miles, but its view has to be one of the best there is in The Lakes for such little effort.
View back to where I parked my car. The Kinniside Stone Circle is on the right.
View back to the car from the forest track.
Looking ahead to Grike. The huge bank of cloud is gaining on the right. At the foot of Grike we will go over a stile next to a gate and head up the fell.
View back from the top stile on Grike, our track is on the right.
View from the summit of Grike. A glimpse of Ennerdale Water below. From left to right is Knock Murton, Blake fell, Gavel Fell, then Graystones and Broom behind, then on the right, Herdus/ Great Borne. On the right edge is Crag Fell.
Ged at the summit shelter with Crag Fell ahead.
We leave the summit.
Heading for Crag Fell. Thankfully most of the bog in the dip was frozen.
Crag Fell summit cairn. The cloud has beaten us! The views are towards the edge.
The west end of Ennerdale Water.
From the viewpoint cairn. We move down below the crags to get out of the wind for an early lunch.
Gnome alert! Our lunch spot has one of the best views in the lakes.
It is also quite precipitous!
From the left is Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag. Pillar and Steeple are shrouded in cloud.
View straight across Ennerdale Water.
We can see the cars in Bowness Knott car park. Below is Anglers Crag.
The mist is coming over more and we are beginning to feel the cold so we head back up the fell.
It only takes a few minutes to get back to the summit cairn, but the mist has obscurred the views.
We head back down to the dip between us and Grike and take the stile out to the forest track.
We head back below Grike.
View to Whoap from the forest track.
The River Calder.
Heading back towards the forest
Now back on the forest track.
The walk, which included a leisurely lunch stop, took only three hours and ten minutes. Just a pity we didn’t beat the clouds!