Grike is a fell in the west of the Lake District near Ennerdale
Water and is part of the Lank Rigg group, the most westerly Wainwright
as the fells diminish toward the coastal plain. It can be climbed from
Kinniside or Ennerdale Bridge.
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District,
bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south
At the central hub of the high country are Great Gable and
its satellites, while two principal ridges fan out on either flank of
Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being a great horseshoe around
this long wild valley. Grike stands at the extremity of the southern
The main watershed runs broadly westwards from Great Gable,
dividing the headwaters of Ennerdale and Wasdale. The fells in this
section are Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell.
The surrounding valleys gradually diverge until other rivers spring up
to drain the intervening country. Worm Gill is one such watercourse,
running southwards from Caw Fell and forcing the ridge to detour
northwards around the head of its valley.
Beyond this stand the
fells of the Lank Rigg group, the final high country within the National
Park. Crag Fell and Grike complete the westward line of the ridge, while
Lank Rigg itself lies to the south across the head of the River Calder.
The western ridge of Crag Fell narrows to a marshy depression at
1,480 ft, before climbing again up the easy slopes of Grike. The
southern flanks of both fells have been planted with a long belt of
conifers, running down to the headwaters of the Calder. Grike's northern
slopes are also forested where gradient and crags allow.
Ennerdale face is less impressive than that of Crag Fell, although
deeply riven by the beds of Ben Gill and Red Gill. Grike looks down not
upon the lake itself but on the floodplain of the River Ehen, its
West of the summit is a broad slope leading
down to Heckbarley (1,280 ft), a wide plateau with little prominence
which is separated from the main fell by Stinking Gill and Goat Gill.
Heckbarley has Grike's only real crags on its northern face.
ridge now turns south over a wooded depression to cross the minor tops
of Blakeley Raise (1,276 ft), Burn Edge (1,050 ft) and Swarth Fell
The top bears a massive stone cairn together with two smaller ones,
built from the many specimens lying near the summit on an otherwise
grassy dome. The main cairn gives the fell its alternative local name,
Stone Man. A weather station is a rather more modern addition to the
seawards is extensive, but to the east the Lakeland panorama is partly
obscured by Crag Fell.
The horseshoe of the Western Fells is all
that can be seen well, although the summits of Dollywaggon Pike and
Fairfield put in unexpected appearances, along with Skiddaw and a small
section of the North Western Fells. The foot of Ennerdale Water is also
From Ennerdale Bridge, or the car parks near the outflow of the
lake, the lane to Crag Farm can be used to give access onto the fell.
A good path makes for Crag Fell and this can be followed as far as
Ben Gill before turning right up the hillside.
The Coldfell road
provides another starting point, a track heading eastward from near the
Kinniside stone circle. This was once the road to the Crag Fell Iron
Mines and crosses the initial ridge between Heckbarley and Blakeley
Raise. It then contours along the southern flank of Grike, just above
routes near Grike