Grange Fell & Watendlath Tarn
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.