26th April 2007

An evening walk up Latter Barrow and Lank Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 16.20 to 18.40
Duration 2hr 20 min
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 1300ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - Lank Rigg Moss - Latterbarrow Moss - Latter Barrow - Poukes Moss - Lank Rigg - 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.


Route Map

Lank Rigg seen from the track between the Cold Fell road and the River Calder.

Just before reaching the River Calder and looking across to the woods and fellside below Grike. The high point on the right of the picture is Whoap.

Lankrigg Moss - the first tricky bit of the walk.

I've mentioned a few times over the past month or so just how dry everywhere is in the Lake District, well, after only a few days rain earlier in the week, this place at least, was well and truly back to normal. No problem I thought, there's going to be a bit of water about, but not as much as there can be here, so this route up to Latter Barrow should be OK. What I didn't expect was to be walking across a sponge; made worse because I didn't appreciate just how bad it was until I was in the middle of it

There was however a short respite from the wetness as I was crossing Ya Gill.

Honest, according to the map that's what it's called, I'm not making it up. Perhaps they've missed a letter off the end or something; a couple of suggestions from local (west) Cumbrian words could be.
Yam. This is what we say for home, as in "as ga'an yam" (I'm going home).
Yap. This can be used instead of mouth, as in "shut ya yap" (shut your mouth).

Where was I, Oh yes, the water. After crossing (the) Gill, my next obstacle was Latterbarrow Moss; seen here. Now this really did the trick, so to speak. Some of the larger areas of reedy grass or what ever you call it, managed to fill my boots with water and soak me up to the knees. I tried the usual trick of attempting to flatted the grass to make a firmer footing, but this proved to be futile. All I could do was hope I didn't sink above my knees and carry on heading for the firmer ground, which incidentally always seemed to be just out of reach.

There had been a couple of "what am I doing here" moments on route, but once you get back onto good old terra-firma they're soon but to the back of your mind and you just carry on as normal.

The lower of the two Latter Barrow summits with Lank Rigg behind. All I need now is a big stone to sit on while I empty the water out of my boots.

The view south towards Black Comb and the Whitfell fells.

And from the higher of the two tops looking across to Grike and Crag Fell.

This was the bit I thought would have had to zig-zag through to keep dry, but oddly it was a simple case of walking straight across and up to Lank Rigg.

From the cairn / shelter near the summit you get this fine view across to Caw Fell, the Pillar & Steeple fells, Scafell & Slight Side and Seatallan.

A close up of the steep Blengdale side of Seatallan (Slight Side on the left).

Lank Rigg Tarn and summit. The picture makes the summit look a long way off, but a couple of minutes walk is enough to reach the top.


Lank Rigg summit.

And from just past the summit looking across to the Grasmoor fells.

Fording the beck above the River Calder. This little section of the beck is fed by Comb Beck and Stinking Gill.

The view back to the head of the little dale (unnamed I think) which is the source of the River Calder.

Lank Rigg is the fell on the right of the picture and Whoap is on the left. My route took me from Lank Rigg, to the lowest point on the skyline, where I then followed a narrow path running diagonally across the the head of the valley.

The River Calder and Latter Barrow, taken at the point where I started to make my way back up to the Cold Fell road.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks