Crag Fell and Lank Rigg

More time up in the Lake District this week and a chance for some winter walking. This first one however wasn’t full on snow, just a bit of frost and ice on the paths and a fresh wind. These three fells make an excellent round and the views from Crag Fell along Ennerdale are some of the best there is. The descent off Lank Rigg can be tricky however I stayed on the path around the edge of Lank Rigg Moss and therefore stayed dry.

Start – Cold Fell Road
Route – Blakeley Moss – Grike – Crag Fell – Whoap – Lank Rigg – Lank Rigg Moss – River Calder – Cold Fell Road
Distance – 6.5miles    Start time – 9.30am     Time taken –  3 1/2hrs    Highest Point – Lank Rigg 541m
Weather – Sunny and blue sky, frost underfoot. Beautiful
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Crag Fell 1

Parked by Blakeley Moss on the Cold Fell Road gives you this lovely view across to Blake Fell and the surrounding Western Fells

Crag Fell 2

On the path through the forest you get these views back to the coastline and across to Scotland

Crag Fell 3

Bright sun with Lank Rigg over on the right and Whoap straight ahead, I’ll be on those two later.

Crag Fell 4

Grike is the first target, just follow the frosty path!

Crag Fell 5

Grike summit with Pillar in the distance with its winter coat on

Crag Fell 6

Blake Fell and Gavel Fell amongst others to the north

Crag Fell 7

Looking back to Blakeley Raise from Grike summit, you can see some of the trees I walked through below Blakeley Raise summit

Crag Fell 8

Close up of Pillar with Steeple and Scoat Fell to the right

Crag Fell 9

You can see a few people up on Crag Fell summit with the High Stile ridge behind

Crag Fell 10

Heading down from Grike with that view dead ahead

Crag Fell 11

A bit of a wow moment on Crag Fell

Crag Fell 12

Whoap and Lank Rigg to my right

Crag Fell 13

Grike behind me

Crag Fell 14

But all eyes are on this way, along Ennerdale to Pillar

Crag Fell 15

Ennerdale Water below with the High Stile ridge opposite

Crag Fell 16

Crag Fell summit

Crag Fell 17

Just one more shot of Pillar before I leave!

Crag Fell 18

Looking back to Crag Fell right and Grike left

Crag Fell 19

Lank Rigg from Whoap

Crag Fell 20

The Calder valley from Whoap

Crag Fell 21

Lank Rigg summit

Crag Fell 22

Looking the other way to Caw Fell and Seatallan

Crag Fell 23

Looking south to a distant Black Combe and the Irish Sea

Crag Fell 24

Lank Rigg summit tarn with Caw Fell and Pillar in the distance

Crag Fell 25

Sellafield from Lank Rigg

Crag Fell 26

After the descent and crossing the River Calder I look back to Lank Rigg up on the right and Whoap to the left

Crag Fell 27

The River Calder

Crag Fell 28

One last look with the slopes of Grike to the left, Whoap centre and Lank Rigg right

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