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The Extreme Western Fells

The Extreme Western Fells

Postby MiniRambo » Sun May 08, 2016 9:07 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Crag Fell, Grike, Lank Rigg

Date walked: 15/04/2016

Time taken: 4

Distance: 13.5 km

Ascent: 647m

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Had a day off work lined up so thought I would take advantage and get a walk in. With it being a Friday and in middle of lambing time, I was on my own. The TV weather forecast and MWIS both showed that the west of Cumbria was likely to be better off than the north so opted to do these three hills.

Nice journey in the car and soon found the extensive roadside parking area with only two other vehicles in sight. Got my boots on and about to depart when the heavens opened, so delayed ten minutes until the shower passed and then set off. Quickly made my way on a good path in open ground across Blakeley Moss and entered a tree plantation. Path/track remained good.

The parking area

The path leading along Blakeley Moss

Heading into the plantation

Through the trees...

My right leg was still suffering from the walk a couple of weeks ago, however, had improved sufficiently that I could move comfortably without the use of my walking poles. Eventually arrived at a cross roads, bared right and then round the corner of a wire fence, continued along the vehicular track in the general direction of the first summit today, Grike. An obvious stile took me over the boundary fence and then it was a short, steep pull to the top. Being one of my usual walks, by the time I got within fifty yards of the top, the cloud closed and views were taken from me.


On way up Grike, looking back..

Grike summit pic...

Didn't spend too long at the top before heading for the next summit, Crag Fell. I dropped down to the low area between the two peaks and came out of the cloud but also entered a wetter area of peaty grass. Not too much difficulty to make my way through though and then another short and steeper climb to the top. I could hear voices in the distance and some walkers appeared from the direction of Ennerdale, reaching the top just before I arrived. The three lads appeared to be students (they were the only people I saw all day), we said our hellos and I took a summit pick (in the cloud again! :roll: ) before descending in a south easterly direction. No sooner had I left the top than I dropped below the cloud level again and began to pick up views along the Ennerdale depression.

Transmitter station between Grike and Crag Fell

Looking back to Grike....

.... and ahead to Crag Fell

Crag Fell summit selfie

View passed Whoap to Lank Rigg

Where once stood a wooded area has now been felled and the usual debris/desolation has been left. Thankfully, some of the discarded wood and fence posts have been used to aid the crossing of a beck. From here, it was through another fence and then upwards toward the next top, Whoap. I stopped half way up to have some lunch, with a good view back to both Grike and Crag Fell, which as you might guess, were both clear of cloud. :crazy: :lol:

Heading down Crag Fell, view through the felled trees and route up the other side....

Gate and stile, looking back to Crag Fell

Lunch time view of Grike and Crag Fell

Although Whoap is not a Wainwright, I made a minor detour to its top which had good views of the surrounding hills and and especially inviting view of the last hill of the day, Lank Rigg.

Onward to Lank Rigg

En route up Lank Rigg, looking east to Caw Fell

I dropped down from Whoap in a southerly direction and was soon at the low point between it and Lank Rigg. It was a straight forward climb to the top of Lank Rigg which has a trig point and separate cairn a couple of hundred yards to the south west. I left my pack at the trig point and headed to the cairns from where there were decent views along the most of the west coast, looking directly down on to the Sellafield industrial area.

Lank Rigg summit

From the trig point to the other cairn

Views starting to open up - Caw Fell, Haycock and beyond

View back to Whoap...

Having spent a little time here, I headed back to the trig point, picked up my pack and headed back down to the col and then headed down into the Whoap beck valley. I enjoyed a warm and pleasant walk along the valley floor crossing the beck where it becomes the River Calder. A small incline follows and then an easy amble back to the car.

Whoap Beck valley


The route home...

I really enjoyed this walk. :D :D
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Re: The Extreme Western Fells

Postby ChrisW » Sun May 08, 2016 11:35 pm

Fine looking hike MR, perhaps not the best of weather but not the worst by a long stretch. It's a sickener when you can see clear summits until you get there and then see them again when you go down :roll: Hope the leg keeps on improving and we see more of your efforts soon :clap:
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Re: The Extreme Western Fells

Postby trailmasher » Mon May 09, 2016 8:10 pm

Nice one MR :clap: and despite the weather some decent pics there :) I was lucky to have a glorious day when I tackled that lot and its a shame that you missed the views that could have been :( Well done you :clap:
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Re: The Extreme Western Fells

Postby thefallwalker » Tue May 10, 2016 3:04 pm

Nice report MR :clap: shame about the not so clever conditions :lol: we had the complete opposite last Sunday absolutely boiling around the Coniston fells!
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