Walk : Grange Fell (1,363 ft) from the Bowderstone Car Park, Borrowdale

Date : 25th September 2020

Weather : Dry, cold cloud cover moving in

 

Distance : 4 miles round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour 30 mins to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

Grange Fell a very modest height and a confusing summit to find once on top out dense woodland that is the signature of this climb. From Keswick, head out

towards Borrowdale and look out for the Bowderstone Car park on your left as you approach Seathwaite. It is vital to locate the start of the patch which is very

subtly hidden on the upper level of the car park. Do not confuse it with the more obvious path that leads to the Bowderstone

 

 

On the upper level of the car park, at the time of writing it cost 7.50 for an all day tiket. The start of the path is behind from where I have taken this shot

 

 

The dip in the grass line is the start of the path

 

 

Things become apparent once on the path

 

 

Through the gate and the path drops into a wooded area past a crop of boulders

 

 

Spud taking note of the start of the path

 

 

The path becomes clearer to follow as it continues through an area of heather

 

 

Looking back to Castle Crag from the path

 

 

The path continues through another wooded area

 

 

The path continues up to a hand gate. Through it and turn right

 

 

The path starts to turn back on itself a little as it now starts to climb more steeply

 

 

Thankfully the path turns in to a stone pitched track to assist with the steepness

 

 

A sneaky peek through the woods towards Skiddaw across Derwent Water

 

 

Nearing the end of the wooded section of the climb

 

 

Out of the woods into the open fell side, the aim here is to get across to a faint path that runs along the base of the scree shown here

 

 

Passing the scree along the path that improves more as you travel along. The path will then swing left and drop down once it passes the rock outcrop shown here

 

 

 

Drop down and cross the wooden sty

 

 

Blencathra from the path

 

 

Looking over towards High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth from the path

 

 

The path once over the sty leads towards a small Col

 

 

Approaching the Col

 

 

Looking north towards the Skiddaw range from the Col

 

 

The path whilst it twists and turns a little is easy enough to follow

 

 

Approaching the start of summit approach

 

 

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite from the summit approach

 

 

Its fair to say there are a number of confusing areas of high ground that can be construed to be the summit, but just persist with following the clear grass path

 

 

The views open up as the summit plateau is approached

 

 

Looking towards Dalehead, Hidscarth and Robinson from near the summit

 

 

Me and the Spud meister on the summit of Grange Fell

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Grange Fell https://youtu.be/9zoMz6ttj5s

 

 

 

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