Black Sail Hut and a Walk Around Ennerdale Water

Name of walk Black Sail Hut and a Walk Around Ennerdale Water
Date of walk 2014-04-11
Distance walked (miles) 16
Duration of walk 7 hours 15 minutes
Weather Mist on the tops.
Peaks on walk None
Walked with On own
Parking Bowness Knott

It is four weeks until the annual Keswick to Barrow 40 mile walk, so I need to do a bit of distance training to make sure my feet are not going to be susceptible to blisters. The walk to Black Sail Hut and around Ennerdale Water from Bowness Knott is over 16 miles and an easy route to do. The only height will be the little walk up to Angler’s Crag on the return. The only problem I have is that if the weather is too good I will be tempted to go over the tops (Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag) either on the way down to Black Sail Hut or on the way back. I would need to be very firm with myself!!


The sky was looking quite black.


Angler's Crag seen through the trees.


It was very still, but the tops were still in the clouds.



Bits of blue sky.


I was approaching the gate for the route up to Red Pike. With great effort I walked past it!


Looking back the way I have come with the sun now out.


Looking up to Pillar Rock in cloud, at the bridge over the River Liza.


The way ahead with Great Gable still in cloud.


Looking down on the Memorial Bridge to the dead of the second world war, and up to Pillar Rock.


First view of Black Sail Hut on the left. It is 6 miles from Bowness Knott.


Black Sail Hut in close up. It was still closed and the final painting renovations were taking place. They will be opening for the season on Monday.


I walked from the Memorial Bridge to Black Sail Hut with this gentleman, a researcher with the Life Sciences Department of Manchester University who was doing the Coast to Coast Walk.Unfortunately I forgot to ask his name. Maybe if he reads this he will let me know! The new patio stones just needs the gravel adding between them. The large stones are to prevent people putting up tents too close to the hut.


It had taken me two hours and twenty minutes to reach the hut, still a bit early for lunch so I headed back to the path by the gate that leads up to High Crag and took the path off left to the Ford over the River Liza, in order to walk back on the other side. The black clouds were still abundant but the tops of Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag were free from cloud, I still managed to resist the temptation of going over the tops! The ford was deeper than last time, ankle deep, so I crossed ultra fast before the water had time to enter my boots!


The route ahead.


The sun finally came out. I never bothered with my coat today but it was cold enough that I needed gloves as it had become quite breezy in the valley.


A large rock ahead.


On its far side was this small memorial, that I don't remember noticing before.


Back at the Bridge over the River Liza looking south.


Looking north.


The way ahead can be quite monotonous at times.


Going through some forest.


View back.


The bridge I would cross over that leads to the path around the lake.


I gave these cows a wide birth as they were watching me with great interest.


The start of the lakeside path.



I will go up to Angler's Crag to take in the view.


View back.


Taken from the climb up to Angler's Crag which has great views for such a small ascent. On the left is Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag.


Looking across to Bowness Knott where I left my car with Great Borne behind.


Summit view.


I now have to descend and walk around the north end of the lake.


Back on the path with Angler's Crag on the right.


View of the weir from the bridge.


The yellow gorse had started to flower.


Close up of Pillar, Scoat Fell and Steeple. I headed wearily back to the car park.

The walk is 16.5 miles and took me seven hours and fifteen minutes. It is a very easy and straight forward walk, but very isolated. I had a very quiet day! My Keswick to Barrow Walk sponsorship page is found below. This year I am hoping to finish the 40 miles in under 12 hours!