3rd June 2009

A clear evening on Knock Murton


Walk Overview
Time 17.45 to 20.00
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 3.2 mile
Ascent 1150 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Felldyke - Knock Murton - 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

After a rather cloudy start to the day it began to clear up nicely towards the evening so we headed out for a short walk up Knock Murton; a nice little fell on the western side of the Lake District, more or less between Loweswater and Ennerdale.

Our route took us almost as far as the gate where we turned right to follow the fence next to the tree line (there aren't any trees there now, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about). Once you get past the trees and start to ascent the fell proper, there is a path of sorts, but to be honest it doesn't really matter. The cone like shape of the fell dictates that any up hill route will doubtless lead to the summit, which to the surprise of many people isn't always the case when trying to find the highest point of a fell.

Looking back along the fence.

Blake Fell in the centre of the picture is now in view since the tree felling took place. Knock Murton is up on the right.

We had crystal clear conditions this evening as this picture towards Bowness Knott and Ennerdale Water shows.

For such an out of the way fell, Knock Murton certainly has an elaborate summit shelter. I can think of more than a few of the more popular and higher fells that would benefit from a shelter as effective as this one.

Blake Fell seen from the high ground close to the summit.

Also taken from the summit is this picture looking towards Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Red Pike.

A close up shot looking between Starling Dodd (left) and Great Borne (right) to Great Gable.


I took this picture looking across towards the coast just about at the point where we started our off path descent down to the track seen at the bottom left of the photo.

It seemed to be a good night for making use of the zoom lens I carry around with me all the time. This picture shows Bowness Knott with Steeple, Scoat Fell and Haycock behind,

, , , and this one shows the top half of Anglers Crag, a very small section of Ennerdale Water and a good broadside view of Crag Fell.

It may seem a shame to walk into the shade when we could quite easily have went in the other direction and stayed in the sunshine for the rest of the walk. There was a little bit of method in my madness I should point out, I knew the sun would be shining straight into the area around the tarn. With this in mind it was well worth the sacrifice just to walk along side the tarn is such perfect conditions.


Blake Fell seen across the boggy ground found just to the east of the tarn.

Looking back along the path near Cogra Moss.

Another picture showing Blake Fell, this time with Cogra Moss providing the foreground.

This is one of the scaffold platforms found along this side of the tarn. Perhaps I'm stating the obvious, but they're used by the fishermen to get onto the island or to simply fish the deeper water.

Late evening sunshine on dam across Cogra Moss, or Arlecdon Reservoir if I were to give it its arguably correct name.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks