Having checked the Lake District weather forecast this was looking to be a promising walk, with strong sunlight and zero precipitation… but with a 70% chance of low cloud above 400 metres.
Crag Fell stands at 523 metres. I decided to take a punt on the 70% odds offered by the Met Office.
As I progressed along the trail leading to Crag Fell, I began to ascend into the stratus clouds hovering over the Western Lakes. Soon, the local scenery was covered in a wet, white haze. I was literally, walking in the clouds. For photographs that didn’t have a washed-out look, I had to descend below the cloud-base:
- Crag Fell is a hill in the English Lake District. It is part of the Lank Rigg group, standing above Ennerdale Water in the Western Fells. The craggy northern face above the lake gives the fell its name, prominent in views from the car park at Bowness Knott.
This is a linear walk, to Crag Fell and back. There are a number of options available for those wanting to extend their walking.
Park at the entrance to the Heckbarley Plantation (NY062114), just off the Blakely Raise fell road. Please ensure that the gate is accessible to forestry wagons.
Enter through the gate and follow the track up through the trees. Soon, a junction on the track will appear. Bear left to follow the track along the fence. Head upwards, keeping the fence and Grike to your left. Soon, a stone marker will come into view, head left onto the grass, and upwards.
Cross a sty, and continue ascending to the summit of Crag Fell. At the top, you will be greeted by a substantial stone cairn. From the cairn, retrace your steps back to your starting point.
- Distance: 7.6 miles
- Max Elevation: 523 metres
- Download Google Earth KML file