12th August 2007

A new route up Gavel Fell


Walk Overview
Time 13.00 to 16.15
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 5.4 mile
Ascent 1670 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney and Roger Hiley
Maggies Bridge - Highnook Tarn - Gavel Fell - White Oak - Whiteoak Beck - Mosedale Beck - Church Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Maggie's Bridge, Loweswater

This is quite a small car park which allways seems to be in use by a good number of cars. I must have walked through the car park dozens of times, but I have to admit this is somewhere I don't seem to start walks from very often.


Route Map

Walking through High Nook Farm is always a noisy affair. The farm dogs don't seem to take kindly to people walking through the yard (notice the one jumping up at the door on the right).

We couldn't have timed today's walk any better if we'd tried. Andrew and myself had met at Roger and Ann's cottage in Loweswater with the intention of walking up Mellbreak, but a mixture of one heavy shower after another and our indecision as to which route to take delayed the start until 1 o'clock when the rain had stopped.

The way ahead took us to Highnook Tarn (straight ahead and you can't miss it). From here we could just about see our zigzag route up the fellside opposite. Once we reached the bracken however, the path wasn't quite so easy to find. Surprisingly and also thankfully, the waist high bracken was dry, otherwise we'd have been soaked to the skin.

Highnook Tarn. As I said "you can't miss it".

There must have been a fence across here at one time. Although all that remains now are the two gate posts; providing a nice foreground for this picture looking across to Low Fell and into Lorton Vale.

Now that's a better view of the tarn and of the valley come to think of it.

It was looking a bit grim by the time we reached the col between Blake Fell and Gavel Fell. We had no complaints though; it was dry, we were below the cloud (just) and we had the place to ourselves.

Cloud blowing across Blake Fell.

A close up of Low Fell.

Looking across to the St Bees and Whitehaven section of the west coast, from Gavel Fell summit.


Muddy puddles; an irresistible source of fun to boys of any age. Roger and Andrew tried to make me think they were standing in the puddle to release the water from the track, but personally, I think they just wanted to play in the puddle without me. Of course I was having none of that and I soon joined in the fun.
Don't worry Roger we won't tell the grandkids.

Sunshine lighting up Little Dodd (the lower section of Hen Comb).

On route to Whiteoak Beck we headed past a small collection of old mine shafts.

Crossing Whiteoak Beck which was very slippery underfoot, enough for me to narrowly escape from making a big splash.

Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor taken from the route between Whiteoak Beck and Mosedale Beck.

A close up of the rugged, craggy slopes on the Loweswater end of Mellbreak.

And again, with Grasmoor behind.

Heading down to the Mosedale Beck steppingstones.

Carefully does it, well perhaps not need in Rogers case. Judging by the way skipped across from one side to the other (and back again, for a photo) he obviously knows the quick and easy route across the stones. We on the other hand found it necessary to put a much needed second or so of thought into each step and even that was a bit wobbly.

Heading down the lanes towards Kirkgate Farm, Loweswater.

Whiteside and Hopegill Head seen through the gate in the previous picture.

A courting couple in one of the fields near Kirkgate Farm.

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Lake District Walks