20th May 2006

A walk around the Loweswater fells.


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 16.30
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.4 mile
Ascent 1624 ft
Walking with On my own
Fangs Brow - Burnbank Fell - Blake Fell - Carling Knott - Holme Beck - Fangs Brow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking at the top of Fangs Brow, Loweswater

This is another of the many roadside areas in the Lake District which have been adopted as a permanent, yet unofficial car park. At a push you might get ten small cars along here and although I rarely see no cars at all here, I can usually manage to find a space.

A gate in the wall next to the parking spaces leads directly onto the track which runs all the way to High Nook Tarn, taking in views of Loweswater and the north western fells along the way.


Route Map

Looking back along the track I followed from Fangs Brow.
It had poured with rain all morning and for most of the walk I don't think the rain was far from starting again, but I was lucky enough for it to hold off for the whole walk.

Fellbarrow in the distance, taken close to the point where I left the track and headed up the steep grassy fellside to Burnbank Fell.

Fellbarrow again, this time with Darling Fell, Low Fell and Loweswater.

Almost at the lowest point between Burnbank Fell and Blake Fell.
The fence continues up hill almost to Blake Fell summit. This makes a good navigation aid during poor visibility.

And looking back during one of the brief spells when the cloud cleared.
We'd had a lot of rain over the last week, making conditions were very wet under foot today. By the time I reached Blake Fell summit I was soaked up the my knees. Notice how wet the ground is on the other side of the fence.

Blake Fell summit.

Another gap in the clouds.

A little further along from here I left the path, crossed the fence and headed for Carling Knott.

Mellbreak and Hen Comb taken from the route across to Carling Knott.

Carling Knott's shelter.

Loweswater, Darling Fell and Low Fell, taken from the off path route between Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell. It was at this point I changed my mind and decided to try something new by droping down towards Loweswater to pick up the path above Holme Wood, rather than continue back across to Burnback Fell.

Almost at the path I was aiming for. When I reached the path I turned left and followed it back to the start of the walk. (turning right leads to High Nook Tarn)

And Again.

Looking back towards Holme Beck and the place where I joined the path.

Dark clouds above Loweswater.

And looking a little brighter.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks