Caw Fell is a fell in the English Lake District standing in a group
between Haycock and Lank Rigg. It occupies a wide upland area with
Ennerdale to the north and Blengdale to the south.
It is distant
from any point of access by Lakeland standards but can be climbed from
Blengdale or Bowness Knott car-parks.
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the
Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and
Wasdale to the south east. Westwards the hills diminish toward the
coastal plain of Cumberland.
At the central hub of the high
country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges
fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being
a great horseshoe around this long wild valley. Caw Fell stands on the
The main watershed
runs broadly westwards from Great Gable, dividing the headwaters of
Ennerdale and Wasdale.
The main fells in this section are Kirk
Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell. The surrounding valleys
gradually diverge until at Caw Fell they are 6 miles apart and other
rivers spring up to drain the intervening country.
rises to the south of Caw Fell, while Worm Gill drains the western
slopes. The fell is therefore the end of the westerly run of the ridge
and the watershed curves north around the head of Worm Gill, crossing
the subsidiary top of Iron Crag on the transit to Crag Fell and Lank
The unnamed ridge connecting Caw Fell to Haycock is flat
topped and carries the Ennerdale Fence, in this section a substantial
dry stone wall.
Tongue Gill, the principal headwater of the Bleng,
flows from the southern side of the saddle while on the opposite side is
the steep headwall of Silver Cove, a deeply enclosed side-valley running
into Ennerdale. The heathery spur of Tongue End runs parallel to the
West of the summit a broad ridge descends steeply to Worm
Gill, a craggy bowl scooped out on the northern side above the tributary
of Bleaberry Gill.
Running due north between this corrie and
Silver Cove is the ridge of Iron Crag, making the whole summit area
resemble an inverted 'T' in plan. A narrow and steep sided ridge at
1,575 ft provides Iron Crag with considerably more prominence than its
parent, a small tarn lying on the northern slope.
The rock face
giving Iron Crag its name overlooks Silver Cove but is not particularly
prominent. From this top the ridge swings west again, the rough northern
flanks running above the shore of Ennerdale Water. The main features
here are Mart Knott, Stair Knott and Boat How.
The ridge now
meets the headwaters of the River Calder and divides to embrace the
valley, Crag Fell to the north and Lank Rigg to the south.
Fell also has a lower level south west ridge running down between the
River Bleng and Worm Gill. This descends first to Stockdale Moor, a site
littered with tumuli, hut circles, enclosures and other remnents of
Beyond are the low hills centred on Ponsonby
Fell (1,033 ft), not included by Alfred Wainwright in his influential
Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, but covered by other guidebooks.
The top stands to the north of the wall marked by a cairn.
Fell is remote from higher fells and gives an all round panorama of the
Western Fells and the Scafells but it is necessary to cross the wall to
take in the full view.
The south west ridge ascent over Stockdale
Moor can be followed from the car park at Bleng Bridge over five miles
From Bowness Knott in Ennerdale, Caw Fell can be
reached in a similar distance via the Tongue End spur.
ascents can also be made via Grike and Crag Fell from the Kinniside
Walking routes near