4th August 2008

An evening walk up Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell


Walk Overview
Time 16.00 to 18.10
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 4.6 mile
Ascent 1380 ft
Walking with On my own
Fangs Brow - Holme Beck - Carling Knott - Burnbank Fell - 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

What a gorgeous afternoon it turned out to be; good enough in fact to be granted a reprieve and offered early release from work (for good behaviour). This was the opportunity I'd been waiting for to do this route as an evening walk.

The view back along the track showing the Scottish mountains in the far distance.

Who said you need to get to the top of a mountain to get a good view? After about ten minutes walking along an almost level track you're greeted by this fantastic view; which I'd consider to be one of the finest in the Lake District.
The fells in the picture are: Low Fell, Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Robinson and Mellbreak. Not forgetting to mention Loweswater and Crummock Water in the valleys.

And looking in the same direction from further along the track leading to Holme Wood.


Now for the steep off path section of the walk.
The path (above the gate) is the one in the previous picture.

From the footbridge over Holme Beck I headed across the fellside above the beck, gaining only a minimal amount of height, then when I reached this fence I took an almost direct line route up hill; eventually bringing me out (puffing and panting) at the northern end of Carling Knott.

Not the summit cairn on Carling Knott, but the slightly lower one found at the northern end of the fell.

A short walk and under one hundred feet of ascent later I reached the summit shelter.

The view back to Carling Knott summit with Mellbreak and the Grasmoor fells on the right hand side of the picture.

A fine collection of fells seen here in a picture taken from the short rocky outcrop on Carling Knott.
To name a few there are: Mellbreak, Whiteless Pike, Robinson, Fleetwith Pike, Red Pike, Pillar, Starling Dodd and Hen Comb.

Peace, quiet and solitude on route to Burnbank Fell.

Burnbank Fell's summit cairn seems to be getting that little bit bigger every time I come here.

Wide open space; fantastic.


A close up of Crummock Water, Whiteless Pike, Robinson and the Loweswater end of Mellbreak.


What a brilliant couple of hours. It almost seemed a shame to go home on such a lovely evening.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks