24th March 2017

Coves, Combes and Holes of the Lake District - Walk 5 - A small one in the far west

Time 12:45 to 3:15pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 1200 ft or there abouts
Walking with On my own
Cold Fell road -Blakeley rise - Kinney How - Stinking Gill - Buck Hole - Grike - Forest track back to 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


This afternoon I headed out for another coves project walk. Originally I was going to do this one on an evening walk but for no particular reason decided to come here today instead. The only part of the route which was planned before setting off was the bit from the car, over Blakeley Rise and along the fence line to Buck Hole. Once there, I'd make a decision on where to go next from one of the few different options available to choose from.
If you like getting away from the crowds and finding a little bit of seclusion for a few hours then this is the place to come.

Blakeley Rise summit.

Here I look across the wide openness of the area to Lank Rigg and Whoap.

WelI, this is Buck Hole (the area) and,

, , , I guess this is Buck Hole (the actual hole).
This was the spot I decided to continue following the beck instead of heading up onto Whoap and Lank Rigg.


Miniature waterfalls


Looking back.
The light wasn't great for photographs but it was fantastic actually being here in such a quiet, out of the way place.

Spot the Deer.

Here it is.

Once I got onto the normal track I took this close up of Pillar and Steeple.

and a not so close up picture. This time taken from the path leading to the top of Grike.

Looking across to the Loweswater fells from the top of Grike.

and now looking across towards the Pillar fells again.

Grike, seen from the forest track, although the forest seems to have vanished.

And to finish, I follow the forest track back to the cold Fell road. As I walked along I couldn't help but notice how the trees were really shooting up now. In a few years time the view along here could be gone so you'd best be quick if you want to see it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks