Name:Grayrigg Forest
Hill number:2603
Height:493.9m / 1620ft
RHB Section:34C: Lake District - Eastern Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Far Eastern Fells
County/UA:Westmorland and Furness
Catchment:Kent, Catchment Boundaries, Lune
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Fellranger, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,Fel,Cm)
Grid ref:SD 59867 99801
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:188.9m
Col:305m  NY 5523 0348  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 97
(1:25k) OL7N
Survey:obvious summit
Comments:Added to Fellrangers in 2019 following enlargement of Lake District National Park
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From A685/B6257 layby and grassy track. Fence and wall to cross on the way up but straightforward to do so.squeegs07/05/2024
With Tony W. Walked up from layby on A685 (gate just south onto fell. Went on to Whinfell and back round via Borrowdale - nice 10 K circuit.HardenC09/03/2024
From the parking area by Borrowdale Wood on the minor road just off the A685. The plan was to follow the track up to the repeater station and mast but a randy bull in a field of Galloway Belters resulted in following the eastern side of the wall S up above the 255m spot height to meet the path coming from the mast with stone steps over the wall. Descent was over Birk Knott and skirting around the top of Borrowdale Wood to meet the track above the parking area. A very walker friendly land owner assists this route with ladder stiles and unchained gates. The darkening sky turned to rain shortly after starting, becoming sleet and then snow on the top, aided by a blustery wind. Wet underfoot. Retired to J28 services for a hot chocolate. Solo.richard6901/03/2024
Started from car park on A685, (picture in the English Marilyn app), walked 100m south next to the road and entered access land by a gate. Followed a small path, disappearing at times, up the left hand ridge to a cairn, then on to the trig pointBarry Smith07/11/2023
An easy walk on good paths from the lane south of Tebay up to the repeater station, then out and back to Whinfell Beacon and Grayrigg Forest. Overcast with some showery rain but not too unpleasant. Only Winterscleugh left!BURGESS12/07/2023
penultimate fellrangerbardolph18/06/2023
Start from parking area at Grid 606014. follow the road to the track leading up the fell and continue to the first mast then up the road to the second mast continue down then up to the trig point of Grayrigg Forest. Returnback to the masts and drop down the road to you pick up a path to the right follow this to the wall climb over and next to the gate before climbing up a fairly steep slope to the top of Whinfell Beacon. Return to the first mast and descend back on the same path to the road, then back to the start.smocks and denims04/11/2022
From junction of B6257 & A685 150m N through gate grassy track nearly to ridge. 1 hour to summit. Missed grassy track on way back as it was well camouflaged in a field of grass.rogreeves16/10/2022
From Hucks Bridge over Ashstead Fell, Mabbin Crag, Whinfell Beacon and Greyrigg Forest, back along Borrowdale.Clive G31/08/2022
From the Relay station but no sign of path and had to climb wall. Coming back path appears and disappears but did find the stone stile to go back over the wall. Then on to Whinfelljohnjennison18/06/2022
From Tarnside along the radio station road and a grassy trod leading over the wall to Greyrigg Forest, then back to another grassy track leading through two gates onto Whinfell Beacon. Easy walking and excellent views.Nick Down130/04/2022
AW WotHF no.5. Descent via Hause Bridge.Sedge16/04/2022
From east end of Borrowdaledaviemore08/04/2022
From A685 Borrowdale Road up to the Repeater station then on to Grayrigg Forest. Glorious March day, but incredibly windy at the summit.Lazylizzie20/03/2022
A 2nd visit with L. Calm and sunny 5hr walk from A6 layby after my 13 day virus lay up. Linked grassy S ridge tops then down N and back along the beautiful Borrowdale -with the farm and meadows being a touch of paradise -utter calm as hidden by the folds of the hills and nature -chickens and rabbits nibbling the grass together. Wainwright thought this was the most beautiful valley outside of Lakeland -its now in Lakeland of course and the Friends of The Lake district have bought High Borrowdale and its hay meadows to preserve its cultural and natural beauty - a fine choice.Chris Pearson20/09/2021
A gentle meander up the track. A hill where trees are grass....PhilipChaston30/08/2021
Parked at the start of the road going up the valley from the A685 nice path up to Repeater Mast then a trod to the topFellhugger21/08/2021
A685 Borrowdale Road -> Repeater station -> Grayrigg Forest -> Grayrigg Pike -> Birk Knott -> A685 Borrowdale Roadbriandiggle30/07/2021
From large layby on A685. Up ridge to pt 478, then on to summit.vuirich27/07/2021
From road junction near mast. Up to ridge and then followed tracks to top. Good views on a clear day.PeterD01/07/2021
Very interesting hill to visit but more so for the superb view of others rather than the actual one you're on.Alex C27/06/2021
From A6 layby. Full 11 mile Whinfell Ridge walk to Grayrigg Forest and return via Borrowdale. NNick Caunt02/06/2021
From Hucks layby - Ashsteads Fell, Mabbin Cragg, Castle Fell, Whinfell Beacon, Grayrigg forest, Grayrigg Pike, Birk Knott, valley bottom back to carphilz00830/05/2021
13.5 mile circular from A6 layby following good but boggy trail over Ashtead Fell, Mabbin Crag, Castle Fell, Whinfell Beacon, Grayrigg West Top (23m prominence) and Grayrigg. Then descending to valley and following easy grass trails across Winterscleugh, Whinash and pathless Pipers Hill back down to car. 1071m ascent. Sunny/breezy conditions with nice views. No one about. Bagged west top before ascent onto this hill. Had a 10 minute rain/hail shower on summit but clear the rest of the day.DanTrig18/05/2021
Combined with Whinfell to add to interest. Trig = great viewpoint on grey day since no other hills close.davechaffey01/05/2021
Loop from Grayrigg village.tomd420/04/2021
From Borrowdale via Birk Knott using route advice from the Whinfell Ridge Open Access Walk pdf. We had Christmas Day lunch at Grayrigg Pike, then on to the trig and the mast and the track back down.milimana25/12/2020
Third of the three new Fellrangers reached from the view point car park on the A685 to the East, there is parking on the lane running past Borrowdale wood which would have been closer. A Fourteen mile walk which also first took in Winterscleugh and then Whinfell Beacon in Five and half hours.WAYNE ROWLETT05/12/2020
Borrowdale - GPO station - Grayrigg Common - Birk Knottbenarbia_829/11/2020
The Westmorland Borrowdale Round [as per Mark Richards - Mardale & The Far East guide] from Low Borrowbridge including Grayrigg Forest.RobB29/09/2020
Final top of the day with Andy saw plenty of jets through the valley back along the river to the A6colinfielding17/09/2020
From Whinfell Beacon. Down to Borrowdale via Birk Knott and along path back to Huck's Bridge. With Colin.Andrew Pearson17/09/2020
SOLOdonmeister05/09/2020
We started from the A685 and went over Grayrigg Forest, Whinfell Beacon, Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag and Combs Hollow before dropping down to Borrowdale and back to our starting point.3 kinnears07/08/2020
Solo from lay-by on A685 @ Hause Bridge.ADT02/08/2020
Parked at the A685-B6257 junction. Walked northwards down the A685 for a couple of hundred metres to a gate which enabled easy access into the fields below Grayrigg Pike. Found another gate along a fence about half way up from where an ATV track meanders higher up the ridge to a gap in a stone wall. From here its up and down a few humps and bumps to the top. Reversed the route.summitter13/07/2020
Parked at entrance to Borrowdale, ascent via Birk KnottDC11main10/07/2020
Revisit. Birk Knott-Grayrigg Pike-Grayrigg Forest-Grayrigg Forest Pt439-Grayrigg Forest Pt412- Shooter Howe.Dave Geere12/01/2020
ran with Thomswinterwalker15/12/2019
From the big layby at 608007. Very foggy and dreadfully wet underfoot following some wet weather. My 200th new Marilyn in 2019.NormanW23/08/2019
Walked from Hause Bridge.flockwatcher27/06/2019
Parked in the small car park at N54 24.441 W2 36.516, then headed west up the track, south up onto the hill and east along the ridge avoiding the noise of the M6 for most of the walk. A seldom visited top I guess with a nice stone trig. Walked further west along the ridge collecting caches before retracing my steps.Father Ted16/04/2019
Started from car park at the end/start of Borrowdale. Track up to transmitter stations then a left on to GrayriggWayne Mac23/03/2019
Highlight of the day. Hutton Roof Crags, Lambrigg Fell, Greyrigg Forest, Scout Scar(both tops and trig) and Cunswick Scar. From laying on A685 as others. Poignant memorial in laying. Very steep ascent to 404 spot height then followed the wall bearing right near the top.Longwojo10/02/2019
The Whinfell Ridge from Borrowdale; visiting Ashstead Fell, Mabbin Crag , Castle Fell, Whinfell Beacon and with Grayrigg Forest. 18km with 700m ascent in 5h 20m. (S)silveracorn_alan04/01/2019
 yorkielad03/12/2018
From layby, through gate and steep up to gain ridge. Avoided worst of rain on very stormy day.wozzat13/10/2018
From layby then south for 120m to gate into field. Then up sharply to 404 spot height through a herd of belted cattle. From there followed wall until near trig. Strong winds and heavy raingaryhoney13/10/2018
Parked on B road at 606015. Round edge of wood, head for hole in wall, I think easier than up the front. Overcast, windy, cool and good views.iangalbraith25/09/2018
Parked at the lay by,then through the gate and across the soggy ground to the ridge. Lovely views to the south. Warm and sunny.Play2End09/08/2018