Stretching six miles between Calder Bridge and Ennerdale Bridge, Cold Fell acts as a convenient shortcut across the western most section of the Lake District. There are lots of possible parking places across the Ennerdale half of the route; each one offering its own access onto the fantastically remote fells across this edge of the Lakes.
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Meadley Reservoir seen to the right of Flat Fell ( a slight contradiction in terms, but never mind ). Behind the reservoir you can see Frizington (right), Cleator Moor (left) and Whitehaven next to the coast (left).
Rather than walk straight along the forest track to Crag Fell or Grike I decided to take a slight de-tour up to Blakeley Raise first. Found just off the Cold Fell road this great little hill is easy to climb and offers some fine views across this quiet area of the Lake District. A real pleasure to be out and about on such a nice afternoon.
A couple of minutes later and looking across to Grike.
From here I walked as far as the tree line where I turned left through a gate to pick up the main forest track which runs through the left side of the trees.
And from the same spot looking a little further round to Whoap and Lank Rigg.
Heading along the forest track with Grike on the skyline.
And looking back along the track.
Still on the same track, this time the fell ahead of me is Crag Fell.
Crag Fell summit with some of the Loweswater fells behind.
And looking across to Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile from the same spot.
Another photo from the summit, this one showing Bowness over on the opposite side of the lake.
After leaving Crag Fell (seen here) I headed across the short section of grassy fellside to Grike.
One final picture of Knock Murton and Blake Fell, taken on the walk back to the Cold Fell road.