Kings How and the Bowder Stone Walk Borrowdale
This is a pretty little walk fit for a king. Kings How is not particularly strenuous or demanding but a pleasant interlude if you have a couple of hours to spare.
We parked at the National Trust car park on the B5289 on the left as you come from Keswick, just past the village of Grange on the right and opposite Holmcrag wood. Kings How Grid reference: NY 253168 .We paid for 3 hours which was ample and cost just over £5.
Kings How Car Park
We turned left out of the car park along the road and almost immediately there is a National Trust sign indicating the Bowder Stone to the left. There is a clear track leading to the stone.
The stone is about 30 foot high and 50 feet across. It weighs around 2000 tons and is remarkable as it balances on one corner. As the rock is not local it is thought most likely that it landed here in the ice age carried from Scotland by the glaciers.
The rock is popular with climbers and is also accessible to most by a sturdy wooden ladder that takes one to the top. Once up there you find yourself on a fairly narrow ledge looking across to the woods.
It is a pleasant distraction in the clearing surrounded by woodland and in March the daffodils were out making it picture postcard pretty.
Continueing our Kings How walk from the Bowder stone it is an incessant if not steep climb up to King’s How. It was mid/late March when we went and the stubble of last year’s bracken studs the hillside along with the odd fallen and stripped branch. It is easy to imagine the ferns that must upholster the hillside as you walk through it in the spring and summer. As you near the peak if you look behind you there in contrast to the more autumnal colours of the fell the village of Grange surrounded by its lush green fields appears like an emerald cut in a diamond shape.
Kings How Borrowdale
As you turn a corner and just below the summit you happen upon a plaque with some indistinct lettering which has inscribed: “In Loving Memory of King Edward VII, Grange Fell is dedicated by his sister Louise as a sanctuary of rest and peace. Here may all beings gather strength, find in scenes of beautiful nature a cause for gratitude and love to God, giving them courage and vigour to carry on his will.
Princess Louise was the daughter of Queen Victoria and sister of King Edward V11. As the president of the National Trust at the time she made Grange Fell a memorial to her brother at the time of his death in 1910.
If Grange was an emerald, then by now if you look to your left Watendath Tarn is every bit a light blue sapphire glinting in the spring sunlight.
Having reached the summit from which can be seen beautiful views over Grange, Derwent Water and Keswick with Borrowdale Valley, Scafell and Great Gable to to the South we make our way back down the other side by the distinctive track which eventually leads us straight back to the car park.
Kings How and the Bowder stone is a jewel of a hike in the crown of Lakeland walks.