Over Grange Fell above Borrowdale.

Start. Grange (in Borrowdale).

Route. Grange - Cummacatta Wood - King's How - Brund Fell - Watendlath - Rosthwaite - New Bridge - Grange.

Notes. Grange Fell above Borrowdale like knowhere else in the Lake District, rocky outcrops scattered across the landscape, more akin to the grit stone outcrops found across the Yorkshire Dales or the tors of the Peak District, or even Dartmoor, fortunately like the rest of the Lake District it's on a much smaller scale, a more manageable scale, a more human scale.

From Grange I followed the main road south, just past Grange View a gate marked bridleway allowed access to Cummacatta Wood, my ascent started here. Easy at first then steep, on a pitch path through delightful woodland, between moss covered boulders, over fallen trees, all to the sound of tumbling water with the fleeting glimpse of dear making much faster progress than I was, it paints a pretty picture but it was a hard climb. The path soon swung south to wind it's way through heather to gain the summit of King's How. Clearly visible across the shallow valley of Long Moss my next port of call Brund Fell, at 1,363ft the highest point on Grange Fell, I descended to start the easy ascent of Brund Fell, I was soon crossing the summit to start the long descent to the mountain oasis of Watendlath.

From Watendlath a finger-post points the way, Rosthwaite, I turned my back on the delightful small cluster of buildings to follow this old packhorse route, cresting the heights of Puddingstone Bank before descending to the valley floor at the small village of Rosthwaite. Leaving the village heading west, a fingerpost invited me to Grange, passing Yew Tree Farm before joining the banks of the River Derwent for the final two miles of the day. After fording the river at New Bridge the path entered High Hows Wood to pass through the Jaws of Borrowdale, road, river and a number of footpaths all squeeze through this narrow gorge between Castle Crag and King's How. All that remained was a short walk between dry stone walls along delightful lanes before reaching a tarmac lane that lead into Grange.

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Rising high above me, seen from Cummacatta Wood, King's How.

Looking back down my steep ascent route with Derwent Water visible through the trees.

Nearing the summit of King's How with views to Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Stunning views to Derwent Water and Walla Crag with Skiddaw under a blanket of cloud.

Jepplety How and Brund Fell seen from the summit of King's How.

The summit King's How.

Seen over the lesser heights of Brown Dodd and Ether Knott, still carrying a little snow High Seat and Bleaberry Fell with Walla Crag far left.

Brund Fell looking imposing from King's How.

The scene over Derwent Water seen from near the rocky summit of Brund Fell.

On Brund Fell looking to High Seat over Jepplety How.

Rising from the Watendlath valley, High Seat.

Dropping into Watendlath from the Black Waugh Crags.

Watendlath a real mountain oasis, with it's trout fishery and tea shop.

Wonderful reflections in Watendlath Tarn.

The packhorse bridge Watendlath, the stream Watendlath Beck feeds the spectacular Lodore Falls in Borrowdale.

The Watendlath Fells, Black Knott, Black Waught (not the one I descended earlier) with Great Crag rising to the right, seen over the icy waters of Watendlath Tarn.

Seen over Watendlath Tarn the valley of Bleatarn Gill.

I've left Watendlath behind, I'm now descending into Borrowdale looking to the cliffs of High Spy rising above Castle Crag.

Near Yew Tree Farm looking to mighty Eagle Crag.

New Bridge spans the River Derwent just west of Rosthwaite.

As seen from the banks of the River Derwent, Eagle Crag rising above Stonethwaite.

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