Cuckoos on Grange Fell

We heard our first Cuckoo yesterday as we climbed Grange Fell from Rosthwaite. Well, probably more than one cuckoo.


The Watendlath Path (c) John Bainbridge 2016


The weather was definitely improving as we returned to Borrowdale to climb this very pleasant hill by way of the old path to Watendlath, and then across a landscape of heather moor and rocky hollows to the summit at Brund Fell.

Once again good clear views, across and down to Castle Crag -see last week’s blog – and along Borrowdale in one direction towards Derwent Water and Keswick in the other.


Derwent Water from King’s How (c) John Bainbridge 2016


We walked to the next height of King’s Howe across the rough ground of Jopplety Howe (now there’s a name to conjure with!) seeing only Herdwick Sheep on our way.

King’s Howe gets its more recent name from King Edward VII. And just below its summit is a memorial to him placed there by his sister Princess Louise.


Castle Crag from Grange Fell (c) John Bainbridge 2016


For one of Victoria’s children, Louise led an interesting and productive life. A bluestocking, an early feminist and interested in social reform, she was a very gifted artist and sculptress. She also had a particular interest in the preservation of the countryside and was an early champion of the National Trust.


The Memorial on King’s How (c) John Bainbridge 2016


Which is why she apparently loved King’s Howe.

We took a path down through larchwoods, hitting the road close to Eelstep Brow, walking back from there into Rosthwaite.


A Fallen Tree that Thrived (c) John Bainbridge 2016


A walk that proved, once again, that there are a great many delights around Borrowdale.


2 thoughts on “Cuckoos on Grange Fell

  1. Like that interesting perspective on Castle Crag from Kings How.

    Richard got stuck up a crag on Jopletty How – I told him not to go up as he wouldn’t get back down and I was right! I fell flat on my face in a bog behind Kings How the same day so we had an eventful day out!


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