Saturday, 1 July 2000

Grike

The flowing slopes of Grike
Height: 488m (1,601ft)
Prominence: 37m (121ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn and windshelter
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Grike, Crag Fell & Lank Rigg - 24/03/2017 
Grike, Crag Fell & Lank Rigg - 28/03/2015
Grike's wind shelter and summit cairn
What Wainwright said:

"Grike is the beginning of Lakeland from the west. Grike, smooth and grassy for the most part, is not a typical forerunner, although the north side overlooking the valley is seamed and scarred with huge ravines, and only its position makes the fell interesting".

Grike is part of the Lank Rigg group, the most westerly Wainwright as the fells diminish toward the coastal plain.

The 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 outflowing stream.

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 summit decorations.

The view seawards is extensive, but to the east, the Lakeland panorama is partly obscured by Crag Fell.