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)

Lank Rigg seen from near Grike
Lank Rigg, viewed from the plantation near Grike

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

Second visit: 26th February 2022 (walk 197).

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

Second round: 288 of 330. [ << Rosthwaite Fell (287) (289) Cold Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: 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 and Worm Gill
Lank Rigg on the left, above the valley of Worm Gill.

Second visit: Came up Blengdale, then ascended from Worm Gill. Although this route is slightly easier than the other one, it will probably be done with wet feet, as Worm Gill is very difficult to cross dryshod.

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.”

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

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 near the bottom of a list of all the fells, measured on some kind of reward-to-effort ratio. The walks there, whether in from Egremont (visit 1) or up Blengdale (walk 2) are long and quite tough and there is really not much there to make it worthwhile. On the other hand, there’s a certain majesty to its loneliness and if you want this kind of thing, solitude and fresh air miles from anything that most people would consider civilisation, then it’s worth a visit. But not on a misty or rainy day.

Lank Rigg in sunlight
Looking north from Cold Fell. Lank Rigg lit up.

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One Response to “Lank Rigg”

  1. […] 197: Lank Rigg (1775′ above sea level, no. 288 of my second round) and Cold Fell (961′, no. 289). 13 […]

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