2nd January 2009

A change in the weather on Blake Fell


Walk Overview
Time 12.10 to 14.20
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with On my own
Felldyke - Cogra Moss - Near Sharp Knott - Blake Fell - High Pen - Low Pen - Cogra Moss - Felldyke
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

I didn't intend to get out at all today, so when I got up to a grey and dull morning I thought a day in the house would be OK. Then, by about 11.30 the sun was out, there was hardly a cloud in the sky and the lure of a walk got the better of me. With the day already half over I did the short drive to Lamplugh for a walk up Blake Fell.


A frozen Cogra Moss with Blake Fell behind.

Walking along one of the many forestry tracks found in the area. And talking about forests and tracks; please note that due to the recent tree felling, the areas of trees on the map now bear little resemblance to those on the ground. Although the route I've drawn is accurate, many of the sections of path shown as going through woodland are now along open fellside, such as is shown in this picture.

Zooming in on the Solway Firth and the Scottish mountains.

Now this I didn't expect. Once I got past Sharp Knott and back into the open again, it was like looking across to the end of the Earth, and sadly it was coming towards me.

Sunshine on Carling Knott.

The view down to Burnbank Fell.

Cogra Moss sitting in the shade of Knock Murton. It's difficult to see because of the shadow, but almost all the trees have now gone from this side of Knock Murton.

Looking "into" the Lake District from the top of Blake Fell.

The snow you can see falling on Robinson didn't amount to much, but it still managed to reach me as I got to the fellside between High Pen and Low Pen.

In the bleak mid winter.

Blake Fell seen here from the point at which I crossed the main forest track and headed down the shorter route back to Cogra Moss. This broad track does eventually take you down to Cogra Moss, but because of the way it hugs the contours of the fells, it turns out to be further than you would expect it to be.

Heading down to Cogra Moss, and as I said "almost all of the trees are now gone."


Blake Fell and Cogra Moss.
It was just as well the ground was frozen today. Otherwise, by the look of the track left by the forestry workers, I'd have been walking through ankle deep mud.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks