13th April 2008

A trio of far western fells - Grike, Crag Fell and Lank Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 09.35 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Coldfell Road - Blakeley Rise - Kinney How - Grike - Crag Fell - Whoap - Lank Rigg - Whoap Beck - Coldfell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Cold Fell (Blakeley Moss)

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.


Route Map

In stark contrast to travelling across to the Yorkshire Dales for yesterday's walk, I couldn't have got much closer to home than this. Today we were on the wonderful quiet fells found on the far western side of the Lake District, setting out from the Cold Fell road which links Ennerdale Bridge to Calder Bridge.

Dent and Flat Fell, seen from the ascent of Blakeley Rise.

Blakeley Rise is just one of the many lesser known tops found in this area. And while I know they're not as grand as most other fells, every one of them is still worth visiting.

Jennifer passing over the top of Grike.

The next fell we visited was Crag Fell, high above Ennerdale Water, with some fine views down to the lake and through the valley.

A close up of Pillar.

Looking in the opposite direction you see Knock Murton and a selection of the Loweswater Fells.

And now, looking straight ahead to Bowness Knott, Great Borne and the snow topped Grasmoor beyond.

To link up Crag Fell and Lank Rigg we briefly followed the start of the Ennerdale Fence, as its often called. And although we only followed the wall for about five minutes, it continues up the fells stretching as far as Caw Fell, Haycock and a little way beyond Scoat Fell. A useful navigation aid during poor visibility, but such a long way.

The view back to Crag Fell.

Another one of those lesser tops I mentioned earlier is Whoap.

Lank Rigg summit.

Lank Rigg Tarn with Caw Fell, Haycock, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Pillar behind.

There you go; that's a bit easier to see.
Pillar and Black Crag, taken from the same place.

Lank Rigg was included as an out and back today, so here we are heading back to the col between Lank Rigg and Whoap. When we reached the col we turned left to follow the path down to Whoap Beck and the River Calder.

There it is.

Crossing Whoap Beck to begin walking through this secluded valley, where even on the busiest days in the rest of the Lake District you'd be lucky to meet anyone (or unlucky, depending on your point of view).

Looking along the infant River Calder.

And finally a look back to Lank Rigg (right) and Whoap (left).

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Lake District Walks