19th January 2013

Four fells above Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.35
Duration 3 hr 35 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with On my own
Fangs Brow - Burnbank Fell - Carling Knott - Blake Fell - Fothergill Head - Gavel Fell - Highnook Beck - 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

The forecasters told me that west was going to be best today, and "if there's any sunshine to be found, it'll be out towards the Cumbrian coast". Thankfully they were right and thankfully I took notice of them.

Here's me going on about the sunshine and before I knew it, I was walking in the shade of Burnbank Fell. I wonder how many people are over there on Darling Fell, Low Fell and Fellbarrow enjoying the brightness.

I assume there's a three legged horse around here somewhere with a new set of shoes.

On the steeper section of the walk; heading up to Burnbank Fell.

The cairn on Burnbank Fell, and with a view like this, it's a shame it isn't the top.
On the opposite side of the lake is Darling Fell and Low Fell, both catching a bit of sunshine.

The top of Burnbank Fell is up there. Just follow the path upto the skyline, , , ,

, , , and you'll soon get to the summit.

Carling Knott summit.

When you're walking on these fells there are bound to be lots of views showing Whiteside, Grasmoor, Crummock Water and the Loweswater end of Mellbreak.

Looking back to Carling Knott from the path across to Blake Fell.

Looking back to Carling Knott from the path across to Blake Fell.

Blake Fell summit.
Notice the lack of snow down there where we live. We have the fells on one side and the sea on the other, so as a consequence we rarely get any snow at all. More often than not when the rest of the country is blanketed in snow, we're still able to walk through a green and pleasant land.

Wintry Lakeland, seen from Blake Fell summit.

A close up of a frozen Crogra Moss.

Heading towards Gavel Fell. Normally I'd be walking down here and wondering how wet I'd get walking across the low point down there. There were no such concerns today as the whole place was frozen solid.

Gavel Fell summit.
The bulky looking fell over there is Great Borne.

Still at Gavel Fell summit and now looking across to the fells around the Crummock / Buttermere area. On the left is Whiteless Pike and Mellbreak. Hen Comb and Robinson are both above the cairn. Fleetwith Pike is in the centre of the picture and to the right of that are High Stile, Red Pike and Starling Dodd.

Rather than descend onto the Whiteoak Beck side of Black Crag as I often do, I decided to take the more direct route down to High Nook Tarn. I've been up this way a few times over the years but I can't ever remember using this as a descent route.

No prizes for guessing the two bigger fells over there.

A close up of High Nook Tarn.

Looking back up the route.

A view back along (down) the track shows Black Crag behind High Nook Tarn.

and now looking around to the left, you see a very wintry looking Whiteside and Grasmoor. Crummock Water is in the centre of the picture and that's Mellbreak on the right.

Crossing Holme Beck.

Looking back along the path with a view down to Loweswater and Crummock Water. Unfortunately I can't remember what the three fells over there are called.

Just after taking this picture I passed a couple walking in the opposite direction. I said hello, they said hello, he commented on how little snow there was here and after we'd talked for a few minutes he asked if this was the right path to get to Mellbreak. "not really" I said "that's it over there". "so you can't get to Mellbreak from here then" "well, yes, you can get there from here, , , " "I told you" he said to her. ", , , but, given the time of day, the time of year and the weather, you really needed to park somewhere past far end of Loweswater if you were heading up there, , , " "I told you" she said to him. "I don't think we've got enough time now but thanks for helping out anyway". (time for me to leave them alone)

As I walked away they started a heated "I told you" argument. I could hear every word, most of which can't be typed on this website. With a little bit of imagination I'm sure you can guess what they were.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks