The final approach to Lank Rigg summit

Lank Rigg summit (to top right), impressively lit against the clouds

Height: 1775 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: 20th November 2010 (walk 28).

Lank Rigg summit, Caw Fell behind

The trig point on Lank Rigg summit – Caw Fell in background

Bagged as number: 91 out of 330. [ << Scar Crags (90)  (92) Crag Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Came in from Coldfell Gate by the route described (sans diagram) on page Lank Rigg 6. However, the climb up Town Bank is tedious, pathless and boggy, and I really wouldn’t recommend it. Left on the path to Whoap (which in my opinion should be a separate Wainwright, but isn’t) and on to Crag Fell (which is).

Lank Rigg seen from near Grike

Lank Rigg, viewed from the plantation behind the summit of Grike

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Ridgewalkers on the more frequented western fells will occasionally notice the isolated summit of Lank Rigg appearing on the skyline and almost certainly will need to refer to a map to determine its identity, for this is a fell that most visitors have never heard of and few know sufficiently well to recognise on sight….

“The fell has wide sprawling slopes and is extensive. It calls for a full day’s expedition even if the problem of reaching its environs can be overcome by car or helicopter, for it is distant from tourist centres…. Die here, unaccompanied, and your disappearance from society is likely to remain an unsolved mystery.”

What I say: Some fells I’ve visited have rewards which are in excess of what might be expected from the effort put into get them. Others have taken quite a bit of effort but then deliver up few rewards. Lank Rigg is definitely in the latter category. In fact I would say it’s currently at the bottom of a list of all the fells, measured on some kind of reward-to-effort ratio. The walk there from Egremont was long and quite tough and there is really not much there to make it worthwhile. However, I did get some quite good pictures: and if you have a liking for lonely moorlands, solitude and fresh air, all miles from anything that most people would consider civilisation, then it’s probably worth a visit. But don’t go there on a misty or rainy day. Really.

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Lank Rigg in sunlight

Looking north from Cold Fell. Lank Rigg lit up.

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