Lank Rigg summit, Caw Fell behind

The trig point on Lank Rigg summit – Caw Fell in background. Taken on walk 28. This is basically 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: 1st September 2011 (walk 43a)

Caw Fell summit cairn.

A rather surreal shot of Caw Fell’s summit cairn, taken as I sat down by the cairn and just snapped a random picture with the ‘sunset’ filter on the digital camera.

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

Route of ascent and descent:  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.

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.”

What I say: There is some 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. But having spent four hours and nine-and-a-half miles yomping up to its flat top, I feel inclined to give it this accolade. I’m glad it’s bagged, and it was a decent enough walk, but there’s little to distinguish Caw Fell in the end, other than its remoteness. But that has value in itself.

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

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