11th July 2009

Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Mosedale


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 15.45
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with On my own
Bowness Knott, Ennerdale - Rake Beck - Great Borne - Scaw Well - Starling Dodd - Scale Beck - Scale Force - South end of Mosedale - Floutern Tarn - Rake Beck - Borness Knott, Ennerdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.


Route Map

Drastic computer problems yesterday evening forced me make a delayed start today. When I say problem I actually mean a total fatality. And despite the perfect conditions this morning, the time spent getting myself up and running again on a temporary computer was well worth it. The least I wanted to do was confirm that I had (or hadn't) lost the pictures I'd taken and the website updates I'd made over the last couple of days. Sadly they were all gone.
Never mind, at least I know exactly where I am with things and I can now get out, enjoy the walk and simply carry on from there. In the grand scheme of things I suppose it's not the end of the world, it's just the short term hassle that can be done without.

Given the later start I decided on a more local walk, so I headed to Ennerdale for a walk onto Great Borne and Starling Dodd. I hadn't given any thought to where I'd go after that, but once I got a view down towards Crummock, I decided to head in that direction as far as Scales Force, and return to Ennerdale via Mosedale and Floutern Tarn. This is a fantastic route and one that I hadn't done for years, so in a strange sort of way, I should be thankful that the computer kicked the bucket yesterday.

Looking up the steep Rake Beck route onto Great Borne.

And from the same spot, looking towards the west coast.

A little higher now and the view opens up to show Ennerdale Water, Crag Fell and a treeless Bowness Knott.

The route up here looks much more difficult than it is. Although it is hard work fighting through the bracken at this time of year.

The view back down Rake Beck.

Great Borne's rocky summit with the higher north western fells behind.

Conservation area; keep out. That's what the sign said anyway.

Great Borne, seen here from the route onto Starling Dodd.

This seemed to be a popular place for all manor of flying insects today, so there was no unnecessary hanging about, apart from taking this picture of course.
Some of the fells in the picture are Red Pike, Robinson, Knott Rigg, Whiteless Pike, Wandope and just to prove how good this vantage point is, Blencathra and Clough Head.

Talk about a sun trap; it was scorching hot as I walked alongside Scale Beck. Just as it should be at this time of year.

Crummock Water in front of Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Rannerdale Knotts. But I'm not going that way; so I turned left and headed, , , , ,

, , , , along the narrow path you can see through bracken.

The Lake District was looking its best today, so I expected to see a few more people out walking than the dozen or so that I met. Having said that, I suspect that places like Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and the Langdales were swarming with people.
Just after taking this picture I met another local guy who agreed with the above, and also added "lets hope places like this stay as unpopular with the masses as the are now".

Just one of the areas called Mosedale that can be found in the Lake District. And although they don't all have the same spelling, they're all pronounced the same.


Mosedale has a wonderful feeling of remoteness. In reality however, it isn't actually too far from civilisation, with Loweswater out towards the left hand side of Melbreak and Crummock Water / Buttermere to the right.
Needless to say this isn't somewhere I'd try to walk straight across after weeks of rain.


Robinson, seen from the inside of one of the sheepfolds in the area.

Floutern Tarn; not quite hidden away, but there must be a heck of a lot of people walk the Floutern Pass route without realising just how close it is, and consequently don't bother to take a look.
In what seemed to be no time at all, the cloud increased, the sun vanished and the threat of rain was enough to make me quicken the pace a little.

Heading back down to Ennerdale.

One final picture, taken as I cross Rake Back.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks