Graystones is a fell in the Lake
District situated in the North Western Fells region and is one of the
peaks on the ridge which encircles the valley of Aiken Beck.
The North Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent
and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on a
Two roads cross from east to west dividing the
fells into three convenient groups. The most northerly sector, rising
between Whinlatter Pass and the Vale of Embleton, includes Graystones.
The highest ground in this northern sector lies on a ridge running
from the Vale of Lorton in the west to the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake
in the east. In this direction the fells on the ridge are Graystones,
Broom Fell, Lord's Seat and Barf. Whinlatter is an outlier to the south.
Gentle grassy slopes rise up from the wide Vale of Lorton to the
western (Kirk Fell) top. A little to the east across a slight depression
is Graystones summit. The ridge then narrows to cross the long saddle of
Widow Hause en route for Broom Fell.
To the south of the fell are
Blaze Beck and its tributary Aiken Beck. These are joined by Sware Gill,
a small stream running down from the col between Kirk Fell and
The south eastern slopes of the fell and the entire
southern flank of Widow Hause are dressed with the conifers of the
Darling How Plantation. Deep within the woods is Spout Force, a fine
waterfall on Aiken Beck.
The northern slopes run slowly down
towards Embleton High Common and the vast morass of Wythop Moss. To the
north west is Harrot (958 ft), a good viewpoint for Lorton and
Graystones summit is grassy, the highest point
marked by a slight upthrust in the underlying rock. It lies within a few
yards of the end of the wall rising from Widow Hause. A cairn has been
erected on the western slopes of Kirk Fell.
The slopes are too
shallow to give any remarkable view but the Loweswater Fells and the
tops surrounding Coledale Hause can all be seen.
there are glimpses of Skiddaw and Helvellyn together with a panorama of
the Scottish coast.
The north western ascent approach from
Armaside is via Harrot and Kirk Fell and from the north, Tom Rudd Beck
can be followed from Embleton.
The shortest ascent route is from
Scawgill Bridge on the Whinlatter Pass road, following the remains of
walls and fences direct to the summit.
routes near Graystones