- Grange Fell from Watendlath -

Date & Time:           Saturday 10th November 2007. 11 am start.

Location of Start : The NT car park, Watendlath Village, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 276 163 )

Places visited :       Watendlath, Great Crag, Puddingstone Bank, Grange (Brund) Fell, Jopplety How, and back to the village.

Walk details :          4 mls, 1000 ft of ascent, 4 hrs 15 mins.

Highest point :       Great Crag 1,500 ft ( 456m )

Walked with :         Jill and Nigel, Jill R, Jo, John, Terry and Annplus the dogs, Harry, Bethan, Megan, Jodie and Polly.

Weather :                  A grey day but with patches of short lived sunshine.


The picturesque bridge at Watendlath.


Friends are up for the Great Gable walk tomorrow but there are other fells that can be walked today.

Jill is counting down on her 214 target so today we are off to the delightful hamlet of Watendlath to collect another fell or two.

On the drive over we see quite a number of vintage Austin 7 cars belonging to the enthusiasts club. They have been having an event in the area over the weekend. What was really surprising is how small they were in comparison to some of the other more modern cars on the road.

Coming down from Whinlatter
On the bend above Scawgill Bridge
Going the other way in Braithwaite.

Our route took us over Ashness Bridge on the way to Watendlath.

The car park and start of our walk - where we all met up.

Ann being a nit-nurse ?

No it's just that Jo's glasses have got rather caught in her hair !

Fold Head Farm

in the "Rogue Herries" novel by Hugh Walpole

was the home of the heroine "Judith Paris".

Another of the delightful buildings in this little hamlet.

Watendlath Bridge

as the beck leaves the lake.

Set into the path over the bridge was an engraved cobble stone

laid by HRH Prince Charles in 1995.

I hadn't noticed it before.

We took the lower track by the lake heading for Great Crag.

A pollarded Ash tree with a crown of ferns . . .
. . . due to the very moist environment by the stream.

Looking back as we skirt around the flat Moss area, on the path to Dock Tarn

Crowd scene . . . Terry, Jill, Nigel, Jo, with John, Ann and Jill R in front.

John has opened his goodie-bag and the dogs have noticed.

Leaving the main path before we reach Dock Tarn, Jill finds her way to the summit of Great Crag.

Terry records the moment for posterity.

Looking round we can see Eagle and Sergeants Crags . . .
. . . and to the right, Borrowdale and Honister Pass.
Across the way is Castle Crag and Kings How.
Looking back to Watendlath Tarn through the slight gloom.
Bethan and Harry - both want to be on the same rock.
Catch their attention and smile for the camera !

After Great Crag we back-track towards the Moss in order to walk over to Grange Fell.

Brighter skies over Grange Fell.

. . . if you care to risk wet feet trying to read it.
Puddingstone Bank on the way to Grange Fell.

After crossing the bridle way to Rosthwaite, we climbed up to Brund Fell.

This area is a little confusing - Grange Fell is the general name for this area, but the summit is known as Brund Fell on the map.

Adjacent is the delightfully named Jopplety How, with Ether Knott and Brown Dodd behind. All part of Grange Fell.

On the skyline is High Seat with Bleaberry Fell beyond.

Jopplety How seemed a good spot for lunch.

I climbed to the top of the rocky outcrop to get this view of the sandwiches and Great Crag behind.

Fine stone walls below the crag.
The return path to Watendlath.

Back at the lake the dogs took a swim,

which also helped to clean them after they crossed several muddy sections on the way down the fell.

Our return to the village meant the end of the walk. From here we drove back down the valley towards Derwent Water and Keswick.

"Surprise View" on the way back . . .
. . . and the Lodore Hotel far below.

In the evening we met up in the Kirkstile for a meal - see tomorrow's report.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a cup of tea . . . but the tearooms were closed at the end of the season !!

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