The last NW fells

I had said that after my last walk, that would be it for Wainwright bagging till after I had completed the Brathay marathon. Ermm about that….

Having done my long run and was officially a rest day according to my training plan, decided with the prospect of a good day ahead to do the last two NW fells Graystones and Castle Crag.

So first up was Graystones, parked at the bottom of Spout Force and was faced with the very steep accent. Plodding away taking in lots of view stops. Looking over towards Melbreak and surrounding western fells still to be climbed. I find myself whilst I’m driving round the lakes, mentally ticking off the hills already climbed. On one of our “view stops” a couple passed us and I recognised them from twitter. I called out “Adrian” and it was him, introductions and a quick pic and it was onto the summit.


Today was the first outing of my new Rab base layer. It performed well. It’s difficult finding ladies outdoor clothing which isn’t bright pink or lilac!

Graystones was another of those fake wainwright summits. There is a cairn on what Wainwright regarded to be the summit of Graystones. Later OS maps now identify a knoll to the south-east as the true summit of the fell. So just for good measure did both. I did shudder when I saw the name Kirk fell on the map, especially after my experience on the other one!




What goes up must come down, so it was back down the steep grassy path back down to the car!

Before heading to castle crag called into the best sandwich shop around. Jan’s Lakeland sandwich shop! It had to be the pulled pork with cheese and coleslaw. Food gasm heaven!


So onto Grange and to complete the last wainwright in the NW fells. Castle crag is such a nice walk and is like a proper mountain despite it’s small height.
It was a well marked path up with a small scramble to reach the summit.

As we neared the top said hello to a family on their way down. I recognised the children and called “Claire” and it was another twitter follower out in the hills! She said to her husband as she passed us “I think that’s Cumbrian blondie”. A introduction and the obligatory selfie it was off to bag summit 145 and the final fell in the NW book.







A decent back down the same way and was in need of cake. So a cream tea was in sight at Grange bridge tea shop. The weather was still kind and was nice to sit in the garden savouring the last bit of good weather.


Before heading back to Kendal, had a walk along the shore of Derwent water to the centenary stone.




And finally found the famous bench! Couldn’t believe it was so close to the stone!! I didn’t walk beyond the stone when I visited it last time.



A walk is not complete without a walkers reward! So a beer in Tweedies at Dale Lodge on the way home was well deserved!


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