28th May 2010

In the middle of nowhere behind Lank Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 18.00
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1960 ft
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell Road - River Calder - Tongue How - Worm Gill - Intake Works - Red Gill - Lank Rigg - Beck Grains - Caplecrag Beck - River Calder - Cold Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Cold Fell, junction for Wilton and Hale

This is another out of the way spot, in this case found on the far western edge of the Lake District. Some of the most secluded and peaceful walking in the Lake District can be had from this spot. The most well known fell in this area is Lank Rigg, although those of an adventurous disposition could make their way up to the Caw Fell ridge.


Route Map

Friar Well, taken less than a minute after setting off on a walk into a wonderfully remote area in the far western side of the Lake District.

Looking across to Lank Rigg and the area of fellside I used as a return route later in the walk.

Just about to cross the River Calder.

The ancient Homestead found on tongue How.

The high fells with their rocky cliffs, scree slopes and ridges are all very well and I enjoy them as much as anyone else, but this is definitely my favourite kind of terrain; wide open spaces, grassy moorland and most of all the seclusion you often find in places like this.

Cawfell Beck, , ,

, , , and Worm Gill. Thankfully both of them were low enough to let me cross back and forth without getting wet feet.

I'm sure these posts must have something to do with the Intake Works found at the head of the valley. There were quite a few of them dotted about the fellside near the route I took. This one has a letter "B" and a number "1" nailed to it and one of the others had a number "10".

Approaching the Intake Works.


This is the largest of three sheepfolds found near the Intake Works.

That's where I'm heading next (the sheepfold).
The foolish thing would have been to try and cross the beck you can see in the picture, so I ended up walking a bit further upstream to cross it just above the point where the two becks join up.

Needless to say this is not a place to wander about on your own if you're not experienced at heading off path and having to work out the finer details of the route as you go along.

A view back down to the valley I'd just walked through.

Lank Rigg summit. The fell in the distance next to the sea is Black Combe.

and again, this time in front of the Loweswater fells (left), Great Borne and Starling Dodd (middle) and Grasmoor behind.

Lank Rigg's summit tarn.


What was it Dr Dolittle started to sing? "No I've never seen anything like it in my life"

Looking across to Swainson Knott.

Back at the bridge over the River Calder.

Well that was a brilliant four hours on the fells which proves the Lake District has more to offer than places like Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and the Langdales.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks