A route offering extensive views of the Ennerdale panorama with great mountain views to the north east taking in Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag, to the east the range of Pillar and Steeple with Great Gables, Scafell and Scafell Pike as a backdrop.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Use the car park to the south of the river.
(D/A) Turn right out of car park to the small roundabout then take the track on the left to join forest path junction.
(1) Turn right at the junction and follow the path under sharp right bend.
(2) Take the footpath diagonally behind you to climb through the forest, continue to waterfall and follow the right side of Ben Gill after a few hundred meters swing right to skirt the top of Revelin Crag following the footpath to Crag Fell.
(3) From Crag Fell, take the diagonal footpath to the right passing the communications tower to the summit of Grike.
(4) Continue on the same line to join footpath at the edge of the forest. Take a right and follow the footpath to the crossroad junction.
(5) Turn left at crossroad junction to exit the forest and continue to follow forest edge to Blakeley Raise.
(6) From Blakeley Raise, drop down to ford over Combe beck.
(7) After crossing Ford, follow the footpath to the left of River Calder.
(8) Continue on track and head upwards to reach the junction to Lank Rigg.
(9) Turn right and follow the footpath to the summit of Lank Rigg.
(10) Return to (9) crossing footpath and walk across to summit of Whoap.
(11) Leave Whoap in a north east direction passing to the left of a forest to reach a footpath at stream crossing.
(12) From here, follow Red Beck down through the forest to join a lakeside footpath.
(13) Turn left to follow the lakeside all the way to a junction in the footpath.
(14) Turn right at the junction to the next junction. There take left again and walk back to the car park(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 384ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.53 - alt. 469ft - Forest Footpath
2 : mi 0.76 - alt. 453ft - Forest Footpath
3 : mi 1.87 - alt. 1690ft - Summit of Crag Fell
4 : mi 2.7 - alt. 1572ft - Summit of Pike
5 : mi 3.44 - alt. 1175ft - Forest junction
6 : mi 3.78 - alt. 1270ft - Summit of Blakerely Raise
7 : mi 4.27 - alt. 823ft - Combe beck ford
8 : mi 4.85 - alt. 935ft - Stream Crossing
9 : mi 5.81 - alt. 1421ft - Junction of footpaths
10 : mi 6.14 - alt. 1759ft - Summit of Lank Rigg
11 : mi 6.9 - alt. 1667ft - Summit of Whoa
12 : mi 7.59 - alt. 1243ft - Junction of footpaths at streams
13 : mi 8.03 - alt. 423ft - Lakeside Footpath
14 : mi 9.44 - alt. 410ft - West End of Ennerdale water
D/A : mi 9.77 - alt. 387ft - Car park
Full mountain wear recommended, gaiters possibly for Lankrig Moss.
Bring food and water for the entire day since there is no refreshment available there.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Forestry animals in abundance depending on season.
Extensive views of Lakelands grandest peaks.
Great views of Ennerdale and Udale.
Three Wainwright summits.
Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Thank you for the comment
Forestry route planning is always difficult to maintain, due to the ongoing work
On several walks I have gone astray in such conditions, Like yourself I believe most walkers are capable of negotiating through forests to come out and regain their original aim
Appreciate you taking the time to pass on this update
Enjoy your walks
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
(The title doesn't quite match the text - its Crag Fell, Grike and Lank Rigg) Great views on a good, quite up and down route in the peaceful northwestern end of the Lakes. Car park surprisingly busy. Foresters were removing diseased larch on the first uphill stretch but we were allowed through despite signs to the contrary - the bottom section of path will be reinstated once the work has finished. Quite a lot of the other stretches of forest have been felled so the expected visual landmarks aren't always quite as obvious. At (6) suggest use your compass to get to the (first) ford. At (8) you want what on the day we went seemed in effect to be the middle of three paths/trods (the lowest one is a bit harder going but still joins the one you want). At (11) we passed to the right not left of (now felled) forest and (12) didn't seem obvious on the ground - we should have followed a wall/fence down (we definitely went off piste here). Notwithstanding our variances, more than happy to recommend this fine walk.
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The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 5 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.
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