6th February 2010

Sunshine on the Loweswater Fells


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.40
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2220 ft
Walking with On my own
Fangs Brow - Burnbank Fell - Carling Knott - Blake Fell - Fothergill Head - Gavel Fell - Sheepfold Whiteoak Moss - High Nook Tarn - Track above Holme Wood - 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

I had hoped for a little sunshine today, but I didn't expect to get this much. It was a gorgeous morning and not at all like the forecast which said that "sunshine will be at a premium" and "if you do get any, it will be short lived".

Loweswater flanked on the left by Darling Fell and Low Fell. The silhouetted fells in the distance are Whiteside, Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.

Much higher up Burnbank Fell now and looking over Loweswater (before it went out of view) towards Darling Fell, Low Fell and Fellbarrow. In the far distance you can see the Skiddaw fells; still topped with snow.

Looking in almost the same direction as the previous picture. This time taken from the path across to the summit of Burnbank fell.

Burnbank Fell summit.

The view back to Burnbank Fell, and thank heavens for a touch of frost. No, not the TV program, I mean last nights weather. This is normally a wet and muddy section of fellside, but today, I'm pleased to say it had a nice crust to it.
I took this picture just before I headed off path across to Carling Knott.

Carling Knott summit, in front of Blake Fell.

Carling Knott.

Knock Murton and Cogra Moss, taken from Blake Fell summit.

Knock Murton, taken from the place where I turned off the Blake Fell ridge and headed for Gavel Fell.

Blake Fell and Carling Knott.

Gavel Fell summit.

Hen Comb, taken as I made a slight de-tour to photograph the sheepfold found on the edge of Whiteoak Moss.

Solitude !!!

A view towards Lorton Vale.

Whiteside and Hopegill Head.

Almost at High Nook Tarn, which is just to the left of the picture and sadly in shade.
the route I took from here can be seen running diagonally up the side of the fell opposite.

Crossing Highnook Beck.

A fine view across to Whiteside, Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.

Heading along the track above Holme Wood.

Reflections in Loweswater.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks