14th April 2017

Two walks on the Western edge

Time In the afternoon
Distance 6.7 mile (both walks)
Ascent Somewhere around 1500 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey

Walk 1: Cold Fell road up to Cold Fell and Back

Walk 2: Wath Bridge - Nannycatch Lane - Flat Fell - Nannycatch Gate - Raven Crag - Uldale Plantation - Dent - Black How Woods - Black How - road to Warh 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


Funny where you end up walking isn't it. At 7 o'clock this morning I left home with the intention of doing a Fairfield walk but the cloud walk so low people over 6 foot would have had to bend down to see where they were walking. The drizzle soon turned into heavy rain and common sense told me to go back home, leave it for a few hours and go somewhere else later. I walked in the house looking fed up so Jennifer suggested trying to time it so I met Paul when he started his walk "ova'd top a dint".
With the luxury of time now on my side I spent the morning at home before driving the short distance to the start of his Dent walk - - there was no sign of him so I took a gamble and headed to the start of his Cold Fell walk and as I pulled up he was there; just about to set off. After a "what are you doing here" and "how did you time that so well" conversation we set off in surprisingly bright condition for an expedition up to the top of Cold Fell.

Here's a close up of Sellafield.

Looking across to Lank Rigg.

Cold Fell family.

And to finish this short walk, we look across towards Grike and Crag Fell.

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside parking, Wath Bridge, Cleator Moor

There isn't a huge selection of walks that can be done from here. In fact the only real option is Flat Fell and Dent. I know these can be walked by a few different routes, but that's about it.

One piece of useless information is that one of the fields next to the bridge is the western most point in the Lake District.

Route Map


And, , , ,after a couple of miles drive from Cold Fell, we arrive at Wath Bridge where we'd begin the walk over Flat Fell and Dent.

The route starts with a walk up Nannycatch Road. If you're doing the full circular route it makes sense to start at Wath Bridge rather than drive up here to start the walk / walk up here at the end of the walk / drive back down here.

Heading to Flat Fell summit cairn.

Flat Fell Summit.

Leaving Flat Fell and looking across to Dent.

Heading down to Nannycatch Gate. As soon as we got to the path down there we headed straight up to Raven Crag. The walk down, and, the walk up are short by any standards but any seasoned fell walker with a bit of honesty would admit it's steep enough to get the heart and lungs working extra hard.

We're not going that way but if we did, it would take us back to Nannycatch Road.

Looking along the Coat to Coast route. that way to Ennerdale Bridge.

Raven Crag view.

On the section of fellside between Raven Crag the the main path. Here we look across to Sillathwaite and the area between us and the Cold Fell road.

Looking across to Flat Fell - I'm not sure why it's call that.


Dent summit with a view through the drizzle towards the Cumbrian coast.

And to finish, we walk through Black How Wood, down to the road and back to the cars.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks