Grange Fell

Not the best of starts to 2011 in terms of weather (despite the much more promising forecast), but an excellent short walk in the ‘jaws’ of Borrowdale. As Wainwright very aptly says ‘Grange Fell is nothing on the map, everything when beneath one’s feet’. In many ways, it resembles Loughrigg Fell: it is of roughly the same height; it has a similar summit ‘plateau’, made up of ‘knock and lochan’ terrain; it has several outlying knolls, perched on top of steep crags; and it offers superb views of both its neighbouring lake and the fells in its adjacent dales.
The ascent was from the Bowderstone car park, and over from there to join the Troutdale path (after a side-trip to Grange Crag). Thence up what Mark Richards calls the ‘stairway to heaven’, i.e., the steep path through the woods to the base of King’s How summit, and on to the summit itself. Back down from there, over to Grange Fell summit, and then back again to the south side of King’s How ‘base’, down from there to near the Bowderstone, past it, and then back to the car park. Despite the cloud and mid-winter lack of light, fine views from King’s How in particular, as well as elsewhere, of Castle Crag, Derwentwater and Skiddaw, and the Borrowdale fells (especially Glaramara).
(Highest point: Grange Fell 1363 ft/ 415 m. Distance: 3.33 miles/ 5.36 km.)

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