21st February 2006

An afternoon on Lank Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 13.05 to 15.45
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 4.9 mile
Ascent 1470 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Cold Fell Road - Lankrigg Moss - Lank Rigg - Whoap - 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

Looking for a place to cross the River Calder. It was actually a bit deeper than it looks in this picture and the stones were quite slippery, so it was a case of walking upstream until we came to a place shallow enough to walk through.
We had a short walk in the remote, western edge of the Lake District today, from the Cold Fell road up to Lank Rigg. This is without doubt one of the least visited areas of the Lakes and definitely a good choice for a walk during a school holiday week such as this one, as the rest of the Lakes would probably be very busy.

Walking through Lankrigg Moss with Blakeley Rise behind. A very wet area, but at least it's consistently wet so you can usually take a straight line route, without having to zigzag across the side of the fell. Although stepping over the grass and sinking into the ground with every step still makes for difficult walking.

Grike and Crag Fell seen from the pathless route up Lank Rigg.

Lankrigg Moss (the middle of nowhere).

Lank Rigg Tarn.

Sunshine and a cold north Easterly wind on Lank Rigg summit.

From the col between Lank Rigg and Whoap, looking down to Whoap Beck.

Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Red Pike with the Grasmoor fells behind. Taken near Whoap summit.

Looking back up the path we followed from Whoap.

Crossing a little un-named beck just above the place where Whoap Beck becomes the river Calder.

One final look back along our route from Whoap.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks