28th May 2006

A long walk in the Western edge of the Lake District


Walk Overview
Time 09.55 to 16.45
Duration 6 hr 50 min
Distance 14.7 mile
Ascent 3465 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Cold Fell Road - Monks Bridge - Worm Gill - Caw Fell - Iron Crag - Whoap - Lank Rigg - Whoap - Crag Fell - Grike - Cold Fell Road (Blakely Moss)
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

For today's walk up to Caw Fell, we set out from the Cold Fell road, which is on the western most edge of the Lake District. To reach Caw Fell from here we had to walk through one of the most remote areas in the Lake District. A good choice for a bank holiday, although the weather could have been a little better to us along this part of the walk. The only people we saw in the three hours it took to reach Caw Fell were some farmers rounding up sheep near Monks Bridge.

Looking for a place to cross the head of the valley so we could start out ascent of Caw Fell. Easier said then done springs to mind!

On route up to Caw Fell, just as we started to walk in cloud.

Looking across to the fells on the opposite side of Ennerdale Valley.
As we were having something to eat on Caw Fell summit the cloud cleared and the views started to open up. The weather just got better from here and once we had left Caw Fell you wouldn't have thought it was the same day.

Heading towards Iron Crag.

And looking back towards Caw Fell.

The Pillar fells taken from Iron Crag.

A glimpse of Ennerdale Water from the route off Iron Crag.

The large white stone marking the summit of Whoap.
The fells in the background are Great Borne, Grasmoor (in the back ground), Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile.

Caw Fell seen from Lank Rigg summit.

Lank Rigg summit.

Lank Rigg Tarn with Caw Fell behind (the flat fell in the middle). The dark fell on the right is Seatallan.

Crag Fell.

Ennerdale Valley with Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks on the left of the Valley. The highest fell on the right is Pillar.

One of my favourite views in the Lake District taken from Crag Fell summit. Ennerdale Water with Bowness Knott and Great Borne behind. Starling Dodd is the next fell along the ridge and Red Pike is the highest fell on the far right of the picture.

And looking down the valley from the same spot.

Blake Fell, Gavel Fell and Great Borne seen from Grike.

Grike summit again, this time with Pillar in the background.

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Lake District Walks