Grike | Crag Fell | Lank Rigg
Date: 28th March 2018 Distance: 16.7km (10.37 Miles) Parking: Roadside south of Ennerdale
Start Location: Kinniside Ascent (m/ft): 771m (2530ft) Weather:

Mostly Cloudy

Time Started: 08:30 Highest Point: Lank Rigg (541m/1775ft) Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 5 Hours 48 Minutes        
Route: Blakeley Moss - Kinniside Stone Circle - Kinney How - Blakeley Raise (389m/1276ft) - Grike (488m/1601ft) - Crag Fell (523m/1716ft) - Nr Black Pots - Whoap (511m/1676ft) - Lank Rigg (541m/1775ft) - Whoap Beck - River Calder - Blakeley Moss

With the aim of doing more Wainwright Fells today and it beeing many years since I visited Grike, Crag Fell and Lank Rigg it was these fells that I chose today. The route planned was going to be similar to last time I walked this way but with the intention of going to the top of Blakeley Raise and Whoap too.

The weather was odd, with low cloud to begin with, followed by snow showers and then bright sunshine with the return of cloud again in the afternoon. The walk was still thoroughly enjoyable!

Kinniside Stone Circle.

A view back along the path to Dent and Flat Fell.

Knock Murton to the north.

My first view of Grike, but first I'm heading up Blakeley Raise.

Sellafield Power Station.

Over there is Whoap and Lank Rigg where I will be walking later.

The summit cairn on Blakeley Raise with the cumbrian coast in the distance.

The summit cairn with a view west to the Irish Sea. From here I'm off to Grike.

Almost at Grike now and this is a view back to Blakeley Raise.

Grike summit cairn.

The cairn and shelter.

On the path to Crag Fell and the cloud has dropped covering the summit.

The weather station between the two fells.

A brief heavy snow shower and what looks like better weather inbound!

Crag Fell summit cairn with Grike in the distance.

The summit of Crag Fell.


Breathtaking views down to Ennerdale Water from the northern crags of Crag Fell.

Spectacular views and blue skies.

Still a little cloudy up Ennerdale.

A final photo of the summit of Crag Fell before a longer walk over to Whoap.


A long distance look up Ennerdale.

Iron Crag.

Ennerdale from the deforested platation.

Herdus and Great Borne.

A view back to Grike and Crag Fell.

The bland and cairnless summit of Whoap.

Whoap Beck runs that way to the west, and that is where I will be going after Lank Rigg.

Some snow on the higher peaks. This one is Caw.

The Trig and cairn on Lank Rigg.

And again looking to the tarn and opposite cairn.

The cairn on the otherside of the tarn. From here I headed down to the cairn you can see in the distance. Its an ancient tumulus.

The ancient tumulus.

Converted into a shelter.

The broad grassy slopes of Lank Rigg.

Back up at the summit and time to head down Whoap Beck.

The walk involves a walk along the full length of the valley.It feels a lot further than it actually is!

An ancient structure down by Whoap Beck.

Back on the road with a lovely view of Dent as I make my way back to the car.