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Tuesday 24th March 2009

Start point: Cold Fell Road (NY 066 130)

Cold Fell Road - Blakeley Raise - Grike - Crag Fell - Whoap - Lank Rigg - Cold Fell Road

Distance: 6.4 miles     Total Ascent: 565 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Sunny with slight haze but cool on the tops. 8oC.

Route Map

This was another area I have left too long to visit since the last time I was here in 2004. The weather was much better than on any previous visit but the breeze had a cold edge to it and gloves were required throughout. Nice to see the hidden treasure had made a reappearance on Lank Rigg once more.

Dent from the start of the climb to Blakely Raise from the Cold Fell road.

Grike from the top of Blakely Raise.

The fells that are to be the return leg later, Whoap and Lank Rigg.

Frog spawn under ice on the descent from Blakely Raise.

The Calder Valley and Cold Fell with the towers of Sellafield in view over the top.

Flat Fell and Cleator Moor from the climb to Grike.

Blake Fell and Gavel Fell from Grike.

Casper on Grike.

A silhouette of Pillar, Scoat Fell and Steeple beyond Iron Crag on Ennerdale Fell. My route after Crag Fell was to descend through the trees and climb with the wall to the kink, then head of to Whoap on the right.

Heading for Crag Fell.

The north-western fells from the summit of Crag Fell.

Looking back to Grike.

Bowness Knott, Herdus and Great Borne across Ennerdale Water.

The view to the north across the end of Ennerdale Water.

Ennerdale - the High Stile ridge to the left and Pillar to the right.

Ennerdale Fell with Pillar beyond.

Crag Fell and the Ennerdale Fence.

The solitary boulder that marks the top of Whoap, here looking across Great Borne to Grasmoor.

Lank Rigg.

Looking along Whoap Beck valley.

Caw Fell with Haycock beyond and Seatallan to the right.

A view through to Grasmoor from the climb to Lank Rigg.

Caw Fell from the summit Lank Rigg.

Wainwrights buried treasure on Lank Rigg!

The view across Lank Rigg summit tarn.

Descending the north western slope of Lank Rigg.

Whoap from the crossing of the River Calder.

On the way home, Daffodils on the banks of the River Duddon...

...millions of them!

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