Wythop Moss and Graystones

Looking across Wythop Moss from the climb of Ling Fell. Graystones is 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: 1st March 2012 (walk 52)

Bagged as number: 157 out of 214. [ << Clough Head (156)  (158) Broom Fell >> ]

Graystones, viewed from Binsey

Graystones, viewed from Binsey on walk 79 (Feb 2014). Note the ‘fringe’ that is the top of Darling How plantation.

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

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.”

Summit cairn of Graystones

Summit cairn of Graystones, in the mist

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.

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