Grike - Crag Fell - Lank Rigg

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Just to the south of Ennerdale are three Wainwright fells that are rarely visited by walkers. A stone circle is located near the start of the walk but it is unknown if it is genuine. Apparently it was rebuilt in the early 19th Century but no evidence exists stating there was a stone circle here before the reconstruction. This walk starts off by the roadside near Blakeley Moss and takes a gentle trackway up to Grike and across to Crag Fell. These two Wainwright peaks are very easy to get to and both offer fantastic views of the surrounding area. From Crag Fell is a gentle descent over Whoap and a short, sharp ascent to Lank Rigg, which is the highest point reached on the day's walk. The summit of Lank Rigg supports a good-sized cairn and trig column and feels very secluded (even more so after the walk back to the road). For those interested in history, take a stroll about 120m south-west of the summit cairn on Lank Rigg to find an ancient cairn from the prehistoric period. The route down is simple and fairly gentle and follows Whoap Beck and the River Calder to arrive back up at the road. Halfway down the valley where Whoap Beck meets the Calder are the remains of an ancient settlement by the river, consisting of cairns and hut circles probably dating from the prehistoric period.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


Ancient Monument, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Wildlife, Woodland

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