20th May 2011

Three fells above Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 18.30
Duration 5 hr
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Neil, Jill & Nigel
Top of Fangs Brow - Burnbank Fell - Blake Fell - Fothergill Head - Gavel Fell - Gavel Fell north ridge - High Nook Tarn - above Holme Wood - Holme Beck - top of 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

Today's walk was planned around several things; the weather forecasted to brighten up, me finishing work at mid day and Jill, Nigel and Neil wanting to be in Loweswater in the evening. Everything fell into place perfectly and we enjoyed a great afternoon on some of the Lake District's quieter fells. We only say about two other people all afternoon.

Jill opts for the more sensible (gentle) route up while we go for the more direct approach.

Looking across the coastal plane towards the Scottish hills. The high one you can make out is Criffel.

Loweswater in front of Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

Nigel watches me, Jill Watches Neil trying to get over the fence, Neil watches the fence and I watch all of them.

A fine view from Blake Fell summit. In among all the fells are, Hen comb, Great borne, Starling Dodd, Fleetwith Pike, Red Pike and Pillar, to name just some of them.

On the opposite side of the valley are Whiteside and Grasmoor which are never completely out of site for long on this walk. Each time you make a point of looking across, you get a different perspective of them, the valley and the surrounding fells.

This is where we left the Blake Fell ridge to head across to Gavel Fell.

I'm not exactly sure why the stone is here, although I assume it could be a boundary stone of some description. One thing I am sure of is that it is part of an old gate post. An identical stone would be placed facing this one and lengths of wood would be slid into the grooves you can see. Once they're pushed in far enough they drop down and hold themselves in place.

Looking back over Fothergill Head to Blake Fell

Gavel Fell summit cairn.

Looking round in the opposite direction and the top of Blake Fell is seen.

This is the high point about mid way down the ridge between Gavel Fell and High Nook Tarn. You can continue to the end of the ridge and drop down to the tarn that way, but I thought it a good idea to take an off path route down to the track above Whiteoak Beck. Just as the ground begins to rise ahead of us, we turned right and headed steeply down hill.

Hen Comb above Whiteoak Beck.

The path above Whiteoak Beck gives a lovely view into Lorton Vale.

High Nook Tarn.

Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Melbreak, seen from the track above Holme Wood

Heading down to Holme Beck and the final 'up' of the day which you can see above the trees.

Crossing Holme Beck. The fell behind is Darling Fell.

As we walked along the terrace like path around Burnbank Fell the views towards the coast and the Scottish hills began to show itself again.

Loweswater, Darling Fell, Low Fell and of course Whiteside and Grasmoor.

One of about half a dozen horses we passed on route back to the cars. As soon as I got the camera out this one turned away and made it clear that it had no interest in me at all.

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Lake District Walks