10th September 2009

A short evening walk on Swarth Fell (Cold Fell road)


Walk Overview
Time 16.30 to 17.50
Duration 1 hr 20 min
Distance 4.1 mile
Ascent 750 ft
Walking with On my own
Blakeley Moss - Cold Fell Road - Bomery Gill - Above the River Calder - Swarth Fell - Burn Edge - Blakaley Moss - Stone Circle
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

After a short walk along the Cold Fell road I headed onto this track running between the two minor fells of Blakekey Rise and Burn Edge. In no time at all the view across to Lank Rigg had opened up, the traffic on the road was left behind and once again I was in the realms of peace and quiet, albeit for a brief time.

Whoap, Lank Rigg and on the bottom right of the picture, the first of six reasons why I set out on this short walk this evening.

Looking down Bomery Gill towards Whoap.
It might look as though the gill was dry, but believe me it wasn't.




The River Calder and Latter Barrow.

A longer distance view up the River Calder towards Grike, Crag Fell and Whoap.

And in the opposite direction, the view extends as far as Whin Rigg, Black Combe and the west coast.

A close up of Cold Fell (the fell), Cold Fell (the road) and the higher chimneys / towers of the Sellafield site.

Swarth Fell summit cairn and a view across to Blakeley Rise, Grike, Crag Fell and Whoap.

And looking around the other way.

Looking back to Swarth Fell.

It was such a nice evening I walked straight past the car to take a few pictures of the stone circle found nect to the Cold Fell road.


A strange picture I know. It was achieved by taking the picture directly into the sun, and then by darkening the highlights 100%


David Hall -
Lake District Walks