Wythop Moss and Graystones

Looking across Wythop Moss from Ling Fell. Graystones on the right, with Grasmoor and Grisedale Pike among the fells visible in the background.

Height: 1476 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 6 (The Northwestern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 1st March 2012 (walk 52). Second visit: 21st August 2018 (walk 151).

Bagged as number: First round: 160 out of 330. [ << Clough Head (159)  (161) Broom Fell >> ].

Graystones, viewed from Binsey

Graystones, viewed from Binsey. Note the ‘fringe’ that is the top of Darling How plantation, though this has since been felled.

Second round: 161 of 330. [ << Broom Fell (160)  (162) Ponsonby Fell >> ]

Apart from Walla Crag, which was number 1 on both, no fells have yet been bagged in the same place on both rounds: but Graystones and Broom Fell come the closest so far, swapping positions with each other (160 & 161).

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from Embleton Church, via the route depicted on page 5 of the chapter. Left on the ridge to Broom Fell.

Second visit: Reversed this, although I did not come down quite the same way as I came up last time.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Graystones is the name of a summit only. The fell of which it is the highest point is Kirk Fell, rising above the western end of the motor road through the pass of Whinlatter at the head of the Vale of Lorton. This aspect of the fell is its most impressive, the declivity here being rough and steep, but northwards, facing Wythop, the slopes fall away more easily to merge in upland and undulating pastures before declining finally to the wide Embleton valley.”

Graystones summit

Graystones summit cairn. Sale Fell in the background.

What I say: For some time the actual shape of Graystones remained a mystery to me; I climbed it in mist and it was a while before I caught sight of it from other fells.

Despite the mist, however, the climb was OK, easy walking for the most part (the last climb was a bit steep), without annoyances, through pleasant rural scenes. My second visit did not challenge these conclusions. It’s an inoffensive fell, but not an exciting one.

[ << Gray Crag      Great Borne >> ]


One Response to “Graystones”

  1. […] my walks have in recent weeks, bagged me a couple of the more obscure Wainwrights; Broom Fell and Graystones. I’m a few days late with the details (due to having gone to Berlin and back in the mean […]

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