Grange Fell & Wa­tend­lath Tarn

Trail (UK) - - LAKE DISTRICT -

1 NY255176 Turn left from car park for 200m and take drive­way/ bri­dle­way on right, with ho­tel on left. Pass be­tween houses, go through gate and join grass track lead­ing south-west into lit­tle­known Trout­dale with steep wood­land on ei­ther side. A path, paved in places, rises through trees, on the right bank of the stream, as the val­ley nar­rows. Out of sight, a wa­ter­fall tum­bles in the trees on the left. Cross a stile and fork left on a nar­row steep­en­ing path through bracken, with some steps. At the top of the steps the path keeps ahead through open glades and scat­ter­ings of rock be­fore swing­ing right to pass an iso­lated land­mark yew tree. Keep on the path, rocky in places, to climb onto a crown of heather at King’s How, the lower of the twin tops on bumpy Grange Fell. There are fine views over Der­went Wa­ter, with Skid­daw be­yond.

2 NY258166 Leave the top by fol­low­ing a path that drops south-east. Fork left on a faint path through bracken and veer to­wards a fence with small stile (there are sev­eral path op­tions here.) Turn south-east over the open fell, some­times boggy, and pass a ru­ined build­ing on the left, with holly trees on a low crag soon af­ter­wards. Con­tinue to cross a wall with lad­der stile, turn left to climb onto a grassy plateau and con­tinue a short dis­tance to the top of Brund Fell, the high­est point of Grange Fell. Chunky out­crops pro­vide good scram­bling prac­tice.

3 NY264162 A path con­tin­ues east, across an area of moor­land burn, to a wall with a lad­der stile. Walk east-south-east, now with wall on the far left, over the won­der­fully named Jop­ple­ty­how Moss, and af­ter 700m de­scend to meet a rough track with forestry be­hind. Go left, through a gate, to reach the north­ern shore of Wa­tend­lath Tarn. Cross the pack­horse bridge if you wish to pot­ter around the pic­turesque farm­ing hamlet with tea­room and toi­lets.

4 NY275163 Take the ob­vi­ous signed path on the west side of the bridge. Ini­tially, this runs along­side Wa­tend­lath Beck but soon bends left along­side a wall, then bends right ad­ja­cent to the wall and con­tin­ues north, via gates, for al­most 2km with the bab­bling beck on your right.

5 NY268181 Wood­land ap­pears on the left as you ap­proach a sub­stan­tial foot­bridge over the beck, where a tri­an­gu­lar stone di­rec­tion marker is set in the path. Don’t cross the bridge but turn left into the woods (named Moss­mire Cop­pice) and pass through a small gate af­ter 100m. The path ahead en­ters a shal­low wooded val­ley where the beck gath­ers speed as it tum­bles through a se­ries of falls. Keep on the left bank and pass through a gap in a wall as the beck dis­ap­pears be­hind a bluff. The path wrig­gles down through the wood at High Lodore and bends left to meet the road by High Lodore Farm (with café). Turn left for 800m to re­turn to the car park.

1 2 3 5 Rich au­tumn colours near the start of the walk in wooded Trout­dale, be­low Grange Crags. 4

In this view from Brund Fell the slopes of High Spy rise above the west­ern side of Bor­row­dale.

View south from near King’s How, look­ing south into Bor­row­dale with Glara­mara and Great Gable be­yond.

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