King's How from Grange in Borrowdale.

Start. Grange.

Route. Grange - B5289 - Quayfoot Quarry - Bowder Stone - Eelstep Brow - Red Brow - Frith Wood - Swanesty How - Long Moss - King's How - Long Moss - Brund Fell - Jopplety How - Bracken Platt - Pudding Stone Bank - Hazel Bank - Rosthwaite - New Bridge - High Hows Wood - Low Hows Wood - Grange.

Notes. Grange Fell acquired by the National Trust in 1910, a complex landscape of heather covered hummocks, dry stone walls, tussock grass and peat bog, it's a lovely place to wander even if it does require a certain amount of bog hopping. Three principle tops punch through the peaty top soil, Brund Fell, Ether Knott and the one with the extra special views King's How, named in memory of King Edward VII who's sister Princess Louise just happened to be president of the National Trust at the time of it's purchase. Come for a wander, the weather forecast's not good, we could have rain on our backs by the end of the day, but if we look sharp we should be sitting in one of the cafés in Grange when the really heavy stuff arrives.

After parking in the small car park next to Grange Bridge I crossed the twin arches to join the main valley road, south up the valley I wandered, ignoring a couple of foot-paths on the left, either would guide me into the promised land, my plan was to sling shot round the Bowder Stone before attempting my ascent. A little further along the road I reached the path that guides many visitors to this 2000 ton glacial erratic, 30ft high, resting in a state of delicate balance, a flight of steps carries visitors to it's apex, and has done since the late 1800s, if you're with friends it's possible to link hands underneath the boulder. I left the Bowder Stone, descending to the valley road, here I joined a permissive path that ran parallel(ish) to the road. Through waist high bracken I rambled, over Red Brow then into Frith Wood where I joined a stoney track ascending through birch and oak. Once clear of the trees I passed through a gate, to my left a ladder still allowed access to the steep slopes of Swanesty How, I crossed said stile to start a steep climb. The path shadowed the edge of a pine plantation before breaking out to cross open moorland, I was soon scanning Long Moss, a stretch of boggy ground guarding the upper slopes of King's How, I crossed before ascending to the summit.

I sat a while drinking in views over Derwent Water and the vale of Keswick, to my back dark rain bearing cloud bubbling over the head of Borrowdale, it was time to make a move. After descending to the north I swung south re-crossing Long Moss to join the path I walked in on. Once under the rocky crown of Brund Fell I turned to ascend the hill itself, by the time I reached the summit it was raining, my coat was on and views to the valley head had all but vanished. I wandered east across boggy ground before swinging south to join the main trod linking Watendlath to Rosthwaite. My descent took me to the Borrowdale village of Rosthwaite, a pleasant little place, in nice weather a place to linger, as the weather wasn't nice I didn't. A single ribbon of tarmac leads past the car park and village school, it ushered me to Yew Tree Farm where a gravel track lead to the banks of the River Derwent, after fording the river at New Bridge I stepped onto the Cumbria Way footpath, my guide through the impressive Jaws of Borrowdale back to Grange.

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From Grange Bridge views to the sylvan slopes of Castle Crag.

In woodland near the Bowder Stone, looking to a saw tooth skyline, the rim of shattered rock above Grange.

The Bowder Stone a glacial erratic attracting visitors from all over the world.

Across the plane of Borrowdale, the wooded slopes of High Doat with Thornythwaite Fell to the left.

En route through Frith Wood.

Clear of the trees looking to Rosthwaite Fell.

Stunning views to the head of Borrowdale seen from the edge of Frith Wood.

Castle Crag backed by Low Scawdel and the crags of Goat and High Steel Knott.

King's How seen from the slopes of Swanesty How.

Gracing the skyline to the north, mighty Skiddaw.

Clinging to a re-assuring path, viewing the summit of King's How over Long Moss.

Looking to the rugged heights of the Borrowdale Fells, Rosthwaite Fell, Thornythwaite Fell and Glaramara, a splendid name for a mountain.

Grange Fell one of the delightful secret corners of Lakeland.

Soaking up views over Derwent Water, Keswick and it's vale backed by the Skiddaw massif.

From the path to Brund Fell views to Great Gable.

In the distance Dale Head seen from near the summit of Brund Fell.

The threat of a storm.

Rosthwaite Steps, never fear there's a bridge a hundred yards down stream.

Castle Crag and King's How, collectively known as the Jaws of Borrowdale.

The River Derwent seen from the edge of Dalt Wood.

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