18th July 2013

Lank Rigg and its Horsefly population


Walk Overview
Time 12:30 to 3:00pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell road - Blakeley Raise - Ford across Stinking Gill - Whoap - Lank Rigg - River Calder - parh back to 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

It was scorching hot as I got ready to start walking and as I looked across to Dent I almost changed my mind and went there instead. As things turned out, perhaps I should have (more on that later).

Taking an off path direct route up to Blakeley Rise. In among the distant haze is the west Cumbrian coast and even further is Scotland.

At the top of Blakeley Rise.

Looking a little to the left you can see the Loweswater fells.

Whoap and Lank Rigg seen from the descent from Blakeley Rise.

Treeless Grike.

Crossing Stinking Gill.

A view down the River Calder.

Over there is Whoap and Lank Rigg is just out of picture on the right.

It hasn't rained for weeks and it's been red hot so it begs the question, where on earth does is all the water coming from.

From this side of the fell you see the extent of the tree felling on Grike.
The fell in the distance (left) is Dent.

Whoap summit rock in front of Great Borne,Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile. Between Great Borne and Starling Dodd you can see Grasmoor.

Lank Rigg lies ahead with a short down hill and a steeper uphill walk to get there.

Instead of walking over Whoap as I did today, there's a path running along the right hand side of the valley down there (you just see it). Both routes pass through the lowest point between Whoap and Lank Rigg so it doesn't really matter which one you take. The reason I chose the higher level path was to try to stay in the breeze.

A look behind to see Whoap.

Lank Rigg summit.

I had to be somewhere later so I couldn't really add any more time onto the walk. So, to make sure I wasn't late, I thought I'd take a direct route off Lank Rigg to join back up with the path below Blakeley Rise - - - - - BIG BIG MISTAKE.

I'm at the River Calder now and the area leading down to here was absolutely swarming with horse flies, most of which had decided to take a bite out of me. I could see how quickly all the bites were beginning to cause redness and swelling and to be honest this was turning into a panic attack situation. For the previous 15 minutes or so I really wished I had been somewhere else. Unfortunately there was nothing I could do except keep walking as fast as I could.

Looking back to Lank Rigg and Whoap.
Thank God I'm away from the flies. You don't have to look at the next picture but if you do, this all came about within a 15 minute period while walking down the Lank Rigg side of the River Calder.

It was starting to go down a bit by the time I took this but both legs, both arms, face and neck were all bitten in this way. Incredibly, by the time I got home it had almost gone.

Looking across to Dent.

And finally, a photo looking back along the Cold Fell Road to see the top of Lank Rigg.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks