Lank Rigg summit, Caw Fell behind

The trig point on Lank Rigg summit – Caw Fell in background. Taken on walk 28. This is the picture which Wainwright uses to open the Caw Fell chapter, but with Haycock, behind, hidden in the mist, unlike on his drawing.

Height: 2288 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 1st September 2011 (walk 43a). Second visit: 5th September 2018 (walk 152a).

Caw Fell summit cairn.

Caw Fell’s summit cairn

Bagged as number: First round: 131 of 330. [ << Steel Knotts (130)  (132) Haycock >> ]

Second round: 163 of 330. [ << Ponsonby Fell (162)  (164) Steeple >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from the head of Ennerdale Water, by the route depicted on page Caw Fell 10. This was a fairly easy climb, but a bit of a monotonous one, and it took at least two and a half hours to even reach its starting point from Cleator Moor. Left by the ridge to Haycock.

Second visit: Came up from Scalderskew, via Stockdale Moor (see page Caw Fell 8) — an even longer and more monotonous walk than the other one.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 3 of his chapter): “Caw Fell is a rolling upland of modest height, predominantly grass-covered, and of mainly easy gradients. But this is a fell that should not be underestimated. It is remote from shelter or habitation…. A fair march is needed even to get a foothold on the fell, from any direction, and a long climb follows before the summit is reached…. The miles to safety are long and lonely, and the surrounding rivers run wide and fast, unbridged.”

Caw Fell from Ennerdale

Caw Fell from below, as one approaches from Ennerdale

What I say: There is  evidence to suggest that Caw Fell is the most remote of all the 214 Wainwrights, not least that passage above, which is why I chose it as the representative quote. Particularly now there is no bus service to Ennerdale Bridge, I think it has a case to be adjudged the summit that is furthest from any kind of public transport terminus. Some of its neighbours, like Haycock, might also have a case and perhaps some of the Far Eastern Fells too.

Good grief though. The first time I visited I spent four hours and nine-and-a-half miles yomping up to its flat top; the second time, five and three quarter hours, and thirteen miles. So I feel inclined to give it this accolade.

Stockdale Moor

On Stockdale Moor. Not the most exciting place in the world.

I’m glad it’s bagged twice, and while the walks were long they were not, generally, actively unpleasant (though I can’t say I enjoyed the crossing of Stockdale Moor). But there’s little to distinguish Caw Fell in the end, other than its remoteness.

Note: Not to be confused with Caw, which is one of the Outlying Fells.

Also note that the words “Caw Fell” on the OS map are placed well to the west of the actual summit. That is indicated by the identification of a cairn above Silver Cove, at NY132110.

[ << Caw    Claife Heights >> ]

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One Response to “Caw Fell”

  1. […] Walk 152a: Seascale to High Gillerthwaite (16.2 miles, bagging Ponsonby Fell and Caw Fell) […]

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