Grike summit cairn

Grike summit cairn. Crag Fell in the background.

Height: 1596 feet above sea level in the first edition, but a slight boost in the revised edition to 1601′.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 20th November 2010 (walk 28). Second visit: 17th April 2017 (walk 127).

Bagged as number: First round: 93 out of 330. [ << Crag Fell (92)   (94) Lingmoor Fell >> ]


Grike, from the old mine road

Second round: 98 of 330. [ << Dent (97)  (99) Flat Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Reached it via the ridge from Crag Fell. Descended, via the old mine road, to the Kinniside Stone Circle and then on to Cleator Moor.

Second visit: Came up the old mine road, and went back down the same way.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Grike is the beginning of Lakeland from the west. Approaching from Whitehaven an industrial belt has first to be crossed to Cleator Moor, after which follows an attractive undulating countryside watered by the Ehen, until, quite sharply, Grike and Crag Fell dominate the view ahead…. Grike, smooth and grassy for the most part, is not a typical forerunner, although the north side overlooking the valley is seamed and scarred with huge ravines, and only its position makes the fell interesting. It is a good viewpoint, and the summit boasts a massive cairn that can be seen for miles around.”

Grike from Cold Fell

Grike from Cold Fell.

What I say: I am not sure I have really done Grike justice on either of my visits, having come up from the old mine road in both cases, and not directly encountered what frontage Grike has, overlooking Ennerdale Bridge. On my first visit the summit felt largely incidental: the second visit had more purpose to it, but going up and coming back down the same way did not give much chance for exploration. The view is good, though Crag Fell takes a big chunk out of it. It is probably a more interesting walk from Ennerdale Bridge.

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One Response to “Grike”

  1. […] day. At nearly 13 miles the one I did was long enough though, and it bagged me three fells, Dent, Grike and Flat Fell. Read the details, with the usual crop of extra pictures on the walk 127 […]

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