10th February 2007

Braving the elements walking Cogra Moss skyline


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 13.40
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2490 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Felldyke - Knock Murton - Low Pen - High Pen - Blake Fell - Sharp Knott - Carling Knott - Burnbank Fell - Owsen Fell - 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

Knock Murton summit. This out of the way fell is found on the western edge of this area of the Lake District; often referred to as the Loweswater fells. From the summit you get a fine panorama of the Cumbrian coast stretching from a little south of St Bees to well along the Solway Firth as far as Maryport, Allonby and beyond.

A bit of a grey day to say the least, but the cloud was still high enough to allow some reasonable views such as this one looking across to Ennerdale Water from Knock Murton.

On route up to Low Pen with Cogra Moss below us. Notice how steep the side of Knock Murton is on the left of the picture.

And the view back down the route, taken a couple of minutes after the previous picture. The fell in the distance on the left is Dent or "Dint" as we call it.

Knock Murton.

It was blowing a gale along this section of the walk or should I say along all the more exposed sections. Add this to the snow on the ground and you have some quite difficult walking conditions. A real fight against the weather, particularly when trying to stand still and hold a camera steady.

The view back down the ridge to Low Pen and Knock Murton behind.

The snow wasn't really that deep at all, but this picture still helps to show just how bleak things can get on the fells during these conditions.

Andrew fighting against the wind on route across to Carling Knott. The highest point on the skyline is Blake Fell.

The stone shelter on carling Knott. Not much of a shelter today however; the wind was blowing straight in through its narrow entrance.

Whiteside and Grasmoor seen from Carling Knott summit.

And seen from a little further along the ridge. This time with Crummock Water and Mellbreak in the picture.

Following an off path route between Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell (the high point on the skyline below us).

Owsen Fell's summit cairn with Knock Murton behind. To the left of Knock Murton is Grike and Crag Fell and to its right is Dent.

Cogra Moss.

Ice breaking up at the outflow end of the tarn (reservoir). It's difficult to describe, but the ice and the water were making the most amazing sounds.

The dam at the end of Cogra Moss.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks