14th July 2015

An evening around the side of Lank Rigg

Time 5 to 7:15pm
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 500 ft or there abouts
Walking with Helen Clark
Cold Fell Road - River Calder - Tongue How - around the southern side of Lank Rigg - and back via Monks Bridge
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


Earlier today I was asked if I knew what was along the path that's sign posted from the cattle grid on the Cold Fell road. "Yeah, it's a great area around there, peaceful, quiet and feels much more remote than it actually is, and, more than worth a visit" So, the decision was made and we're here on a lovely summer's evening for a couple of hours walking.

The River Calder separates Lank Rigg from the Cold Fell Road and this is the crossing point we'd use tonight. Notice the dark brown colour of the water. Must be very peaty ground around here to cause this much discolouration in such a short distance.

Looking up stream towards Monks Bridge which is in among those tree over there. We'll visit the bridge on the way back.

This is the bigger of the ancient remains found on Tongue How and in an otherwise grassy landscape it offers a handy landmark for those unfamiliar with the area.

A close up of the Sellafield site; part of it anyway.

Ahead of us in the distance we see Seatallan and the top of Whin Rigg.

Careful where you put your feet if you're walking through puddles.



Back at the ancient settlement and now we head down for a look at Monks Bridge.

Definitely a hidden gem.
I'm not sure why it's fenced off. it could be to stop people falling off it or maybe it's going to collapse or the person that owns it doesn't want people walking on it.
We couldn't decide so went for the first option, in which case we crossed down the centre.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks