23rd February 2016

Lank Rigg

Time 12:30 to 3:20pm
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent about 1800ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell road - Blakeley Rise - Whoap - Lank Rigg - Lank Rigg Tarn - Whoap Beck - River Calder -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.
Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The sun was out today, the sky was blue and after a wet weekend painting the living room I was in need of some enjoyment. So, I made use of the escape tunnel we'd been digging and left work at dinner time for a walk on Lank Rigg.

Blakeley Rise summit in front of Grike, Whoap and just out of shot on the right is Lank Rigg.

And again, this time looking across to Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell. Blake Fell is on the right hand side of the biggest fence post.


Looking across to Grike I couldn't help but admire it's haircut, which by coincidence is exactly the same as mine - almost down to the skull.

After a bit of a muddy walk up from the valley I arrive on top of Whoap.

Looking across to Caw Fell.

The sun had blinded me (it's just a figure of speech) all the way up Lank Rigg so I thought I may as well take a picture of it.

Lank Rigg summit.

While I was up here I had a wonder across to the 'not the top of the fell cairn'. From the here I look back over Lank Rigg Tarn to the summit and the higher fells in the distance.

From the same spot I also look over to Blakeley Rise, Grike, the Cumbrian coast and Scotland in the far distance. All that wet stuff you just make out between England and Scotland is the Solway Firth.


Rather than heading back across Whoap I take the 'variety is the spice of life' approach and opt for the valley route back. It was really lovely walking through here this afternoon with just myself for company, a head full of thoughts to consider and a little bit of seclusion. Despite the temperature being close enough to freezing for the water to consider turning into ice, it actually felt quite warm out of the breeze. It was, I'm pleased to tell you all, very spring like.

Looking back to the head of the valley. That's Whoap up on the left with the muddy path I walked up earlier.


OK, I admit there are no cars in this picture but as I reached the Cold Fell road the Sellafield home time traffic was starting to build up. So, with the steady flow of cars, the noise and the need to make sure I didn't get knocked over, I realised my little bit seclusion was over for another day. Never mind; I'd had an enjoyable afternoon in the sunshine so I can't complain about it being over already.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks