3rd October 2008

Lank Rigg and Latter Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 12.50 to 15.30
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Friar Gill - Tongue How - Boat How - Lank Rigg - Poukes Moss - Latter Barrow - Monks Bridge - Friar Gill - Cold Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Cold Fell, junction for Wilton and Hale

This is another out of the way spot, in this case found on the far western edge of the Lake District. Some of the most secluded and peaceful walking in the Lake District can be had from this spot. The most well known fell in this area is Lank Rigg, although those of an adventurous disposition could make their way up to the Caw Fell ridge.


Route Map

This afternoons walk saw me on the far western edge of the Lake District on a route where you're almost guaranteed to have the place to yourself; as I did today.

Although the highest point on the skyline straight ahead is Lank Rigg, the route I took went out of the right hand side of the photo onto the remote moorland of Tongue How.

Footbridge over the River Calder.

The River Calder seen from the footbridge in the previous picture.

The sprawling, featureless landscape of Tongue How, and having been here so many times in decent conditions / visibility, common sense tells me that this is not somewhere to be wandering around when the cloud is down.

Marked on the map as "homestead" this is the most prominent of a host ancient sites found in this area.

From Tongue How I took an off path, almost straight line route though this area, called Town Bank. It was a bit soggy in places, but nothing that couldn't be walked through.

It was much cooler by the time I reached Boat How, with a stiff northerly wind bringing the temperature down. So much so that this was the first time in six months or more that I haven't been able to do the whole walk in short sleeves; apart from the times when it was raining of course.


Lank Rigg Tarn.

And Lank Rigg summit.

Walking through the 'boggy bit' between Lank Rigg and Latter Barrow at Poukes Moss.

Latter Barrow with Dent behind.


Looking back up to Latter Barrow from the sheepfold found at the point where Latterbarrow Beck joins the River Calder.

A close up of the River Calder.

And not so close up. The smaller beck flowing in from the right is Latterbarrow Beck.


The well hidden Monks Bridge, or Matty Bens bridge as we call it locally.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks