11th May 2013

A short walk over Knock Murton


Walk Overview
Time 3.45 to 5.30 pm
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Felldyke - Knock Murton - Murton Fell - Harris Side - road back to 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

A short lonnin leads out of the car park and you're soon treated to views over the west Cumbrian countryside.

That sky doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. It was my suggestion to wait again because of the weather and when we'd all but decided not to bother walking today I made the snap decision to give it a go. Thankfully, apart from a few drops the rain we managed to stay dry and even enjoyed sunshine for most of the walk. Despite the feeling that it's a complete waste of time just sitting in the house waiting to go for a walk on precious days of work, afternoon / evening walks seem to have been the better option lately.

That's Knock Murton up there, but don't go through the gate; just turn right and follow the fence.

Sunshine on Owsen Fell and Burnbank Fell.

Knock Murton again.

As I said, "follow the fence".

Now for the steeper bit.

A couple of heavy showers cross the coast and head inland. I suspect the roof of our house has just had a good wash.

Knock Murton summit shelter. It seems a bit excessive for somewhere that not many people come to. This is one place that I can say I've never seen anyone else other than the person I was walking with at the time.


Looking down to Ennerdale with the distinctive shape of Anglers Crag on the opposite side of the lake.

Just across from the summit and looking across to Blake Fell.


A close up of Bowness Knott. Up on the skyline is Haycock.

On the left side of the picture is Gavel Fell. Working your way to the right, you see Red Pike, High Stile, Starling Dodd, Great Borne, Steeple and Haycock.

Looking back up to the summit.

Crossing to top must point of the old mine workings.


The red track; coloured by the iron-ore rich ground leads into the woods above Cogra Moss. You can actually get back to the car park that way, but we chose to walk back in the opposite direction this afternoon or is it evening by now.

The route and embankments of the old mine railway line are still a prominent feature of the area.

"are you sure you two aren't related to each other"    

David Hall -
Lake District Walks