Blog post 19
Wainwright count: 3
Wainwrights: Grike, Lank Rigg and Crag Fell
Who with: Susie, my Patterdale Terrier & Sally, my father’s Boarder Terrier
Date: 17th August 2015
So, the fourth day of our walks and today’s weather was the best yet! Fantastic day ahead of us it appeared and Ennerdale was the destination. Ennerdale is one of the quieter of the Lakeland valleys, possibly due to its less accessible locations, but a stunning valley none the less.
We parked at the car park at the Western end of the lake and from there walked past the farm, turning right, before taking a sharp left hand path, which climbed steeply up through the wooded area, before leading out onto the open fell side. From here, we followed the clear path, up to the stream before crossing the open fell side to the summit of Grike. The going was tough under foot, with the lack of path and steep slope combined, but the views from the top were definitely worth it. Scotland could be seen to the North, Buttermere fells to the East and towards Scafell Pike in the South.
From the top of Grike, we dropped down to the fence line where we made our way to the forest track, which we followed towards and past the West side of Crag Fell, before taking a right hand turn towards Lank Rigg, through the deforested area. Upon crossing this extremely boggy area, we went through the gate and up the open hill side, which was also extremely boggy! With two little terriers caked up to their ginnels in mud, it became apparent that post-walk baths were going to be required.
We followed the path parallel to the wall, until it took a sharp turn to the right heading further onto the open hill side. At this point, we took the right hand path towards Lank Rigg, via Whoap, where the path descended into a small valley, before climbing sharply to the summit of our second fell, Lank Rigg. The summit, which has a cairn on it, provides 360 degree views, which we spent a few minutes taking in (and an excuse to cool off)! After a bit of sustenance, we retraced our steps over Whoap and towards the boggy path by the wall, where we re-crossed the boggy deforested area with the dogs now looking like mud-sculptures of their respective breeds (but extremely happy about this).
We made it back up to the forest track, which we had turned off, before crossing directly opposite towards the summit of Crag Fell, which stands dominantly over Ennerdale. The short kilometre to the summit of this Wainwright was on a clear path and at the cairn there was a family enjoying a picnic today, with spectacular views to enjoy with their sausage rolls! I continued ahead over the summit before dropping back down to the path, which we had left to ascend Grike. We retraced our original steps into the woodland and back towards Ennerdale lake, where the dogs had a first bath before they entered my Land Rover. Once home they had a full decontamination shower, and came out smelling rosy again!
The car park that I had left with just three cars on was now full, and there were lots of people milling around, enjoying the short walks to the lake side (I know it is not officially a lake by the way, but it doesn’t sound right saying water!). Another great day in the Lakeland fells, and the weather was glorious to match! Happy Nick, and two tired dogs….perfect!