The rolling fells to the south-west of Ennerdale just sneak into the edge of the Lake District National Park but lack the rugged nature of much else in the area. A long finger of forest used to stick into these hills, with the wonderful name of Heckbarley, most of the trees have now been felled and the hills are once again open to the elements. This patch of moorland used is still quite quiet but is visited a little more often than it used to be with those bagging the Wainwrights, the hills mentioned in Wainwright’s guide books of the area.
The walk up to the wonderfully named Grike isn’t that striking though the views out to the coast are good. A short walk beyond takes you to the top of Crag Fell, a dull name but a hill with a fantastic view into Ennerdale and straight across to Bowness Knot and Herdus and Great Borne.
There were quite a few red admiral butterflies flying south over the hills making the most of the warm sunshine. On the moorland a few large hairy caterpillars of fox moth were also to be seen. There were a variety of fungi though most will remain unidentified to us with the exception of some shaggy ink caps on the side of a forest track. In the shade of some remaining conifers, still too small to be worth felling, a heather bank was covered in dew festooned spiders’ webs and along the path edge were a few sprawling stagshorn clubmosses, a closer relative of ferns than of true mosses.