The Far Western fells

Or at least most of them: Grike, Crag Fell, Caw Fell and Haycock, all on the south-western side of Ennerdale.  A walk which confirmed my ability to lose whatever path exists, especially in the first half hour of any walk.  I really concentrated this time, but to no avail: my excuse is that the path disappeared under bracken, and anyway didn't follow AW's map.  The result was that we also disappeared under the bracken, which was even higher than in Langdale - but at least the individual plants were strong enough for me to use to pull myself up the hill.  Sophie just burrowed, of course, and wondered what the problem was...

Here are the pictures (click on any picture for a larger version):



We parked the car just beyond the point on Ennerdale Water where the River Ehen starts its life, flowing out of the lake towards the sea.
This picture was taken some 40 minutes later, when we had lost the track and decided to climb the flank of Crag Fell up the side of Ben Gill - not that we could see the gill, due to the 8ft high bracken.  But, delightfully, since I was wearing shorts, we encountered no brambles.  You will not have seen either this picture before, or the next one...


This is Ben Gill, which disappears down to the right for some distance.  We should have been on the other side, and we needed to get to the top...

Lovely heather again, all day!
We are now out of the bracken and at the top of Ben Gill.  The path - yes, we found a path at last - goes up to the right across the heather.


The top of Grike, the western-most of all the Wainwrights.  Two large cairns in the middle of vast acres of grass.
A mile away is Crag Fell, equally uninteresting at the top but with some good views..


up and across Ennerdale.
From Crag Fell we had a 3-mile hike down and then up to Caw Fell, which must be one of the most remote fells in Lakeland.  On the way we caught this less than delightful view of Sellafield, my least favourite place in Cumbria (I live directly down-wind of it, and am not impressed with its history of accidents and secrecy).


Caw Fell, looking east towards Scoat Fell in the distance.  Our last objective, Haycock, is just out of sight on the right.
This is the view from Caw Fell across Ennerdale towards Grasmoor in the far distance.  Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile are nearer.


From Caw Fell you drop down and then climb up past Little Gowder Crag to Haycock, on the right.
At the top of Haycock we caught just a glimpse of Wastwater (can you see it?), behind Middle Fell. Seatallan is to the right.


Here, from Haycock, you can see most of our route so far: Caw Fell is to the left, Crag Fell to the far right, with Grike the dark felltop beyond it.  Lank Rigg, the light-coloured fell beyond Caw Fell, is for another day.
Our path down to Ennerdale lies to the right, down through heather to the forest, and then to the lake.

Here's some of the heather
and here's the forest.


At least we have some deciduous trees here, and they do make a difference.
On the path back round the southern side of the lake.





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