15th October 2005

Great Borne and Starling Dodd from Ennerdale Water.


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 13.05
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 2402 ft
Walking with On my own
Bowness - Brown How - Herdus - Great Borne - Starling Dodd - Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.


Route Map

Morning sunlight at Bowness.

Looking back down Rake Beck with Herdus rising up on the right of the picture.
Taken from the lowest point between Brown How and the start of the steep climb up towards Great Borne.

Goose Bield (Fox Trap). Found next to the very steep path that runs by Rake Beck.

Ennerdale, Anglers Crag, Crag Fell, Grike and Dent, from Herdus.

Looking across the flat area around Herdus towards Grasmoor.
I followed a route to the left of the picture, around the far side of the heather and then up to Great Borne on the right.

The sunlight really brought out the colours of the grasses in this wet area just below Great Borne. The fells in the background are Blake Fell and Carling Knott.

Great Borne's rocky summit.

Great Borne, Knock Murton, Gavel Fell and Blake Fell from the start of the path up to Starling Dodd.

Taken from almost the same place. This time looking further around towards Hen Comb, Low Fell / Fellbarrow and Mellbreak.

Mellbreak, Crummock Water and the Grasmoor fells from Starling Dodd.

Starling Dodd summit with Great Borne behind.

Little Dodd summit cairn made up with some of the old metal fence that used to be found along the ridge.

Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell from the route down to Gillerthwaite.

The last sunshine of the walk on Gillflinter Beck. A little noisy, but still a nice place for something to eat.

The Pillar and Steeple fells under cloud.
Apart from the fells I had been on, the Loweswater and the Crummock fells, everywhere else (that I could see) had been under this cloud the whole time I was out. It looks as though I made the right choice of where to walk today.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks