21st January 2011

Not Blake Fell - Knock Murton instead


Walk Overview
Time 13.20 to 14.50
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Felldyke - Cogra Moss - near Hare Gill - Knock Murton - Felldyke
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Felldyke, Lamplugh

Found on the quieter western edge of the Lake District, there never seems to be problem getting parked here. Perhaps this is a result of the limited number of fells that can be reached from here. Having said that, the walks that can be done from here are fantastic.

Parking is free.


Route Map

I don't believe it, , , , I left home without a cloud in the sky and even on the drive across, all the higher fells surrounding Ennerdale were clear. Then, only a couple of minutes into the walk, the fell I was intending to walk on was slowly vanishing under cloud.

It's a good job I haven't brought a fishing rod along with me. The tarn is frozen over, and even if it wasn't, the sign tells me I need a permit. Unfortunately it doesn't tell me where to get one from.

I don't suppose this section of path sees any sunshine at this time of year so it's hardly surprising it's as frosty now as it is first thing in the morning.

Well, do I want to take a chance of walking up Blake Fell and the cloud lifting or do I run the risk of getting there and seeing nothing.

A view back down to Cogra Moss.

Decision made. I'll leave Blake Fell for another day, stay in the sun and head onto Knock Murton instead.


Looking back. Both of these paths rejoin each other further along, but to state the obvious, the one on the right allowed me to stay in the sunshine today.

I know he's over there somewhere, but I wonder if Mr Summiteer is in among that cloud on Great Borne.


Looking a little bit further around towards Ennerdale.

Knock Murton summit. Well, this is actually the little cairn near the summit but it's close enough. Yes, I think I made the right choice; I'd have been in that cloud at this time.

This is the real summit and quite a substantial shelter for such an out of the way fell, there's even an opening on the other side as well. I can think of a few others that would benefit from a shelter like this.

Beginning to walk down now and you can see a big bank of cloud across towards the coast.

The Great North Air Ambulance.


I've no idea what the correct names are for different types of cloud, so all I can say is. The cotton wool cloud that was on Blake Fell earlier seems to be levelling out to look more like a tablecloth over the edge of a table.
Nothing technical but it get's the point across.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks