30th January 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 8

Cogra Moss

Walk Overview
Time 1:20 to 3:20pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with On my own
Felldyke - Cogra Moss - Low Pen - High Pen - Blake Fell - (near sharp Knott) - Forest track back to Cogra Moss - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It isn't the longest of walks this one but it's still a great little route. One I must have done dozens of times over the years; more often than not because time is short and (or) it's close to home.

On the drive here I'd thought about walking up Knock Murton (up there on the right), but once I reached the gate a little further on, It seemed a better idea to extend the walk by going up to Blake Fell instead. I think I'll wait for the spring / summer evenings to come along and have a walk over there after a day at work.

Ahead of me is Cogra Moss or Arlecdon Reservoir if I were to give it its correct name. Sadly it doesn't get a great deal of sunshine on it at this time of year.

Walking past the dam. I'll be walking back across there at the end of the walk.



The route I took today cuts diagonally up the side of Knock Murton to join up with the main forest path. If you head along that way it follows the contours of the fellside and eventually brings you back to the tarn. Today, I walked straight across the track and begin the walk up to Blake Fell. It's not as far as it might look from down here.

Heading up to Low Pen.

As I look across the flanks of Gavel Fell towards Great Borne, I spot two people making their way in the direction of Blake Fell. Must have been hard work walking through that without much of a path to help out.

Looking ahead to High Pen. I passed a few bundles of these posts so I guess they're planning on replacing the fence at some point in time.

And now looking back down the ridge towards the rounded top of Knock Murton. Notice the lack of snow further on towards the coast. That's normal for us. Often when the rest of the country is grinding to a halt because of the snow we've had none at all.

Just keep following the fence.


Looking towards the fells around Buttermere. In fact, if you look carefully enough you can see Buttermere from here; the lake not the village. Come down in a straight line from the small patch of blue sky.

Someone was unkind enough to turn the light off while I walked over Blake Fell's summit. They also opened the freezer door and dragged the wind chill temperature down to -9 and a bit.

After a VERY careful walk down from Blake Fell I reached the woods where I couldn't help but notice the snow was still settled on the branches. Must be very sheltered along the section because I only had to tap the branch and the snow would come falling off.


Here's a final picture looking up to Blake Fell.

It's a pity this path wasn't frozen like it was on the other side of the tarn. To sum it up in one word, I'd say "very muddy". Okay that's two words but I'm sure you get the picture.

Cogra Moss outflow. It doesn't look like there much water running down there but there was.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks