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" Grike and Crag Fell "
Date & start time: 6th March 2011, 11.30 am start. ( NY 060 137 )
Location of Start : Cold Fell Road near the Kinniside Stone Circle, Ennerdale, Cumbria, Uk .
Places visited : Blakeley Moss, Heckbarley Plantation, Grike and Crag Fell & back.
Walk details : 5.4 mls, 1150 ft of ascent, 4 hrs 10 mins.
Highest point : Crag Fell 1,710ft ~ 523m.
Walked with : Jo, John and Ian and the dogs, Jodie, Polly, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies.
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Sunday and Jo and myself (Ann) are joined by John and Ian for a walk on the western edge of the Lakes.
Grike and Crag Fell are the two summits that flank the southern shore of Ennerdale Lake
and they are basking under the sun in a big way today.
Our green car on the left and John and Ian's silver ones to the right
as we left them to start our ascent via the bridle path.
Two horses and riders that passed us on the way.
Dent is the taller fell in the background, Flat Fell the broad expanse in the foreground.
Nannycatch Valley is in the steeped sided cleft below.
Looking across to Ennerdale Bridge which we have driven through on our way over from Loweswater.
My companions for the day - Ian, John, Jo and Jodie.
Harry and Bethan must be somewhere behind me !
Looking back at our line of ascent along the bridle way. We walked the higher path.
Meadley reservoir is the small patch of blue water than can just about be spotted in the distance.
Making our way to the gate as we cross a newly widened forest road.
Our route ahead through dry tussock grass . . . Grike fell is directly ahead.
Onwards and upwards towards the stile ahead, which proved to be rather rickety and difficult.
Summit attained !
John's busy pointing at something . . . I wonder what it was.
Ian takes in the lovely sunny views from the substantial summit shelter.
Looking across to our next objective . . . Crag Fell.
The High Stile ridge rises above it . . . to the right is shapely Pillar and right again the triangular summit of Steeple.
This is the summit of Crag Fell while Grike is now the distant fell in the background.
Jo and myself at Crag Fell summit with Jodie and Polly.
John and Ian enjoy the views down into Ennerdale valley.
Great Borne is immediately opposite. Following to the right are Starling Dodd and the High Stile Ridge.
Pretty Boggy or to be more correct Boggy but Pretty . . . watch your step !
Ian climbing over the stile mid-way between the two summits as we make our way back.
A nice friendly dog gate on this stile, I wish this was general practice.
Looking towards the distant slopes of Caw and Haycock with Whoap and Lank Rigg to the right.
Part of the clearance . . . this is a much changed part of the track.
There are lovely extensive views towards Lank Rigg now that the trees have gone.
The meandering River Calder catches the sunlight in the distant haze.
Grike is now behind us.
Forestry workers can be seen at work on the wide track to the right.
Full circuit completed as we approach the gate again.
We walked through here on the way up, after leaving the initial bridle path.
Back towards the cars, following that top track again.
Even more dogs as we chat to another fell walker, thereby increasing our well behaved pack to six !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Canon 75 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . the feeling that Spring is in the air !
Previous walk - 5th March 2011 Five go to Troutbeck Tongue
A previous time up here - 13th April 2007 Crag Fell and Grike with Jo
Next walk - 12th March 2011 The Brecon 10 Peaks Challenge