Grange Fell - Route One

 

Start - Quayfoot NY 253 168 Distance - 1.8 miles Ascent - 1,350 feet Time - 1 hour : 20 minutes

 

 

The National Trust car park at Quayfoot Quarry is the starting point for this walk
A minor path starts from the hand-gate at the north end of the car park and passes a large erratic boulder as it climbs towards an old slate quarry
Looking back to Castle Crag from the old slate quarry
Looking over to Maiden Moor and Catbells
From the old slate quarry the path joins a green bridleway which rises from the roadside near Grange
The bridleway climbs to a saddle which overlooks Troutdale
Looking over to Blea Crag
Looking back to Castle Crag and Goat Crag
Greatend Crag from the bridleway
The path crosses the saddle and descends into the head of Troutdale via a hand-gate
A short distance from the hand-gate the path bears right and descends into the birch and oak woodland below Black Crag and Greatend Crag
Black Crag from the start of the climb through the woods
Looking back along Troutdale to Skiddaw and Derwent Water
Greatend Crag above the trees
Looking back to Black Crag above Troutdale
The path begins to climb more steeply through the trees, winding its way up a stone gully to the left of Greatend Crag
Looking back to Derwent Water and Skiddaw
Looking down from near the top of the gully
King's How comes into view on the right as the path emerges from the confines of the gully
The path continues on to join wire fence which it follows towards Low Moss
Looking back from the path to Low Moss
Low Moss with the slopes of King's How on the right.  The direct path to the summit of Grange Fell (Brund Fell) passes below the screes
The path to the summit of King's How keeps to the right of the moss.  It passes a yew tree, which AW noted on his diagram of this ascent before climbing to a level shoulder between King's How and the top of Greatend Crag
The path continues on across the level shoulder towards the Borrowdale face of King's How
The path meets a cross-ridge wall which is follows for a short distance as it contours the slope above Borrowdale

Leave the wall when it reaches its highest point (it ends above a precipitous drop over Bowder Crag) and climb the heather slope above the wall on a clear path which leads to the summit of King's How

Looking over to High Seat from the climb to King's How
Looking back to Derwent Water
The path to the summit of King's How
Looking back to Maiden Moor and Catbells
Brund Fell, the highest point of Grange Fell, comes into view
High Raise and Pike o' Stickle
The summit of King's How
High Spy from the summit of King's How with Castle Crag on the lower left
Maiden Moor and Catbells from the summit of King's How
Derwent Water and Skiddaw from the summit of King's How
Blencathra with Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell in the middle distance
Raise, White Side, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike and Fairfield on the skyline
Looking south, High Raise, Pike o' Stickle, Rosthwaite Fell and Glaramara form the horizon
Great End and Scafell Pike on the left with Great Gable in the centre
Continuing on towards Brund Fell, a small marker cairn below the summit of King's How indicates the start of path which descends a breech in the  surrounding crags
The path descends to Low Moss
Lonscale Fell and Blencathra from the descent to Low Moss
Glaramara and Great End from Low Moss
Looking back to King's How from Low Moss
Continuing on from Low Moss the path passes an old sheepfold with the rock tors of Brund Fell directly ahead
Scafell Pike and Great Gable from the sheepfold
The path rises to a ladder stile and climbs the slope to reach a level shoulder, well to the right of Brund Fell, where it joins the path from Rosthwaite
 Looking back to King's How from the level shoulder
 From the level shoulder the path makes an acute left turn and climbs towards the summit of Brund Fell
Approaching the summit of Brund Fell
The summit has two outcrops of rock which appear to be be similar height and each have their own merit as viewpoints.  Ullscarf above Great Crag fom the south top, with High Raise above Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag on the right
Rosthwaite Fell and Glaramara from the south top of Brund Fell
Scafell Pike and Great Gable from the south top of Brund Fell
Dale Head and High Spy from the south top of Brund Fell
King's How from the south top of Brund Fell
Derwent Water and Skiddaw
Blencathra, Bleaberry fell and High Seat from the south top of Brund Fell.  The walker is approaching the north top in the extreme right foreground
From the north top, Raise and White Side over High Tove in the centre, with Helvellyn and Nethermost Pike on the right
The south top of Brund Fell from the north top

 

 

 

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