9th September 2015

An evening on Blake Fell

Time 5:15 to 7:35pm
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with Kayleigh Turnbull
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.


Route Map


For a few of days now we'd been lead to believe that this evening would be bright, sunny and warm so, the decision was made to head out for a walk over Blake Fell while the evenings were still light enough to allow a couple of hours of walking. As we approach the access gate for Cogra Moss and wonder what happened to the blue sky and sunshine we were promised. Thankfully it was dry so we so no reason to cancel even though we realised there would be no time for dawdling about. It's a quarter past five and as it's dark at eight o'clock we press on at a respectable pace..

Blake Fell seen above Cogra Moss.

Looking back down the narrow path which took us from the tarn up to the forest track.

That's the way we walked a couple of months ago. The route follows the contours of the fellside and eventually brings you back to the tarn. Today we'll still end up at the tarn, only we'd be taking the higher level route over the top of Blake Fell.

Heading towards the steep bit of the walk.

It doesn't show too well in a photo but the sky had a lovely red glow to it across to the west. The shadow you can see across the horizon is the Isle of Man.

High Pen seen from Low Pen. Just follow the fence.


It looks like we're not the only ones out walking up here this late in the day. Shortly before taking this picture we passed a group of about 6 or 7 gents heading in the opposite direction. Given our closeness to sunset, I was surprised when I later saw them walking up to Gavel Fell. Not sure where they're heading but they'd best get a move on.

Lorton Vale, the Grasmoor fells and a small section of Crummock Water are seen from the fellside just below the top of Blake Fell.

Blake Fell summit.

Looking down to Cogra Moss.


Time to loose height now and this is done quickly on the steep path leading into the forest. Conditions on here were bone dry under foot this evening which makes for a much less precarious journey then this place is after rain.

Peace and quiet at Cogra Moss.

With fading light I take a final picture looking across Cogra Moss to Blake Fell. Sadly, the nights are cutting in fast so our evening walks for 2015 will be coming to an end shortly. Hopefully we'll manage to squeeze in a couple more short ones if the weather is kind to us.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks