11th June 2009

Sheepfolds & shelters around Blakeley Rise and Grike


Walk Overview
Time 17.25 to 19.50
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Blakeley Rise - Green Gill Tongue - Grike - Heckbarley - Blakelay Moss - Cold Fell 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

With the cloud steadily moving eastwards throughout the afternoon, I took the opportunity to have an evening walking around the Blakeley Rise and Grike area. Rather than simply head for the summits though, I had a good wander about visiting half a dozen sheepfolds & shelters along the way. I have to admit there would have been another one, just to the east of Girke, but I just couldn't find it.

Blakeley Rise summit in front of Whoap and Lank Rigg.

Well, there goes the cloud from this area.

Looking down to the River Calder, , , OK I know you can't really see it, but it is down there.

Whoever named the beck next to this sheepfold must have had a good sense of humour, a dislike of the place or perhaps an overactive sense of smell. As far as Lake District names go "Stinking Gill" must be one of the least appealing.

Whoap and Lank Rigg, this time seen from Kinney How.

Back on the normal track now and heading for Grike, the high point on the skyline seen here.

Grike Summit.
Notice how far the clouds had moved away in the short time I've been out.

I was definitely in the right spot and there aren't that many places for it to hide, but I simply couldn't find the Bield (shelter) that is supposed to be here. Next time I'm in the area I'll try again.

A group of locals, no doubt asking each other what that guy's doing up here at this time of day.

Walking through the middle of nowhere to reach the sheepfold near Goat Gill. At least the ground was drier than it normally is across here, but the grassy tussocks didn't half make it hard going.

When I set myself the task of visiting (all ??) the Lake District's sheepfolds I knew I'd end up walking to some pretty obscure places and this just proves the point. This one simply isn't anywhere near to what you'd consider to be a normal route.

X marks the spot, although I couldn't work out why !!

An ever lowering sun, shining on the sea and on Meadley Reservoir.

Walking along the track above Blakeley Moss, with a view across to Flat Fell and Dent.

Blakeley Rise taken from the end of the walk next to the Cold Fell road.

On the way home the views were crystal clear, so much so that I just couldn't resist stopping and taking this picture looking into Ennerdale Valley. It make me wish it was the beginning of the day and not the end of it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks