Sunday, June 07, 2015

Lank Rigg

First, some knitting, or rather, all the knitting done during my two weeks away.  I knitted during  the
long car journeys and while chatting to our friends in the evenings.

A pair of fingerless gloves made using Norfolk Horn 4ply.  I made these up as I went along, and am really pleased with the result.  I'm planning to wear these on colder days when on duty in the front, North-facing hall at the NT property where I volunteer.  It can be chilly in there.

Two versions of the Gidday Baby cardigan, the darker one knitted from the bottom up, simple reversing all the increases and decreases.  The border patterns are from "Charted Celtic Designs", by Co Spinhoven.

And two identical renditions of the Baby Sophisticate pattern.  Very quick to knit in Aran yarn.

So, we moved on to our own cottage on the Solway - and continued our walks.  We started with Great Cockup.  Yes, I know.  This meant climbing first over Little Cockup and eventually coming back by Trusmadoor.  Almost certainly these rounded hills looked like haycocks, to those familiar with haycocks.

Another day started damp, but cleared.  We set off at teatime to climb Lank Rigg.  Now, when I was a child, we lived on a farm just under Cold Fell, from which Lank Rigg must have been visible. But it would never have crossed my mind to climb it.  For one thing, the valley of the River Calder lay between it and us - and for another, we had our own fell if we wanted to climb anywhere.

 However, we drove to the Kinniside Stone Circle where we parked and walked in, fording the Calder and Worm Gill, then crossing the side of Whoap on a very narrow track.  Eventually, we climbed to the summit of Lank Rigg itself, where there is an ancient tumulus - and an absolutely stupendous view of the whole West Cumbrian coastal area, laid out like a map.  All those pit villages: Rowrah, Frizington, Cleator Moor.  On the way back, we got wet feet for the first time on this trip as Lank Rigg Moss lived up to its name.

So we had a rest day, visiting the osprey viewpoint on Dodd and then driving up Latrigg to the car-park near the top.  For those planning trips this summer, this is a wonderful opportunity.  For very little effort the top of Latrigg can be reached by a well-made path and the views over Keswick and the Newlands valley speak for themselves.

Finally, we returned to Ennerdale, the bit thoroughly between our teeth, and climbed Grike and Crag Fell.


1 comment:

knitski said...

Such beautiful land! i would love to walk those hills with all those wonderful views. Thanks for sharing!