Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell & Carling Knott

Name of walk Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell & Carling Knott
Date of walk 2016-10-11
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather Dark skies, some sunshine.
Peaks on walk Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Carling Knott
Walked with On my own
Parking Fangs Brow

I was ringing at Cleator Moor on Tuesday afternoon so I decided to have a walk up to Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell and Carling Knott. A six mile walk that should take me about three hours. Another easy, grassy fell walk with good views. There were blue skies in the west, but a lot of heavy, dark cloud over the fells. It was going to be a bit windy too so I packed hat and gloves and waterproofs.

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Sunrise over Blackcombe as I drive towards Cleator Moor.

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I park next to the gate, along by the wall at Fangs Brow. Burnbank Fell is on the right.

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Curious cows.

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There is a lot of dark cloud ahead and above me, but the sun is streaming through a gap

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I will be heading off up the fell just before the gate. There is a track up through the bracken.

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As I head up I meet some fell ponies.

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A foal poses for me.

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Looking over Loweswater to the three fells I was on last Tuesday. Fellbarrow, Darling Fell and Low Fell.

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Dramatic skies. The cairn marks the end of the steep bit, now it is just a stroll up to the summit.

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The way ahead.

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Blake Fell on the right and Carling Knott to the left.

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Burnbank Fell summit view over to Knock Murton.

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Looking back the way I have come.

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I head up to Blake Fell and take this photo looking back.

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From Blake Fell's summit is a wonderful view west over Knock Murton and Cogra Moss and out to sea.

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Cogra Moss in close up.

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The end of Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell above it.

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Close up of Buttermere and a gloomy Fleetwith Pike.

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View south towards Gavel Fell and the Red Pike range.

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Blake Fell summit shelter.

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View back down to Burnbank Fell.

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I head for Carling Knott on the left. I cross the fence line at the stile. Whiteside and Grasmoor ahead.

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Carling Knott in sunshine.

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A close up of Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor with Crummock Water below.

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The summit shelter on Carling Knott with Blake Fell behind.

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Mellbreak in the middle.

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I head along Carling Knott, down into the dip, then I turn left for the descent off-path.

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I keep the beck on my right. It is a very easy descent over tussocks of moss. Its like walking over pillows! Very gentle on the knees, for which I am most grateful.

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When I reached the bottom I just followed Holme Beck off to the right where I joined the high level footpath at this bridge. The footpath above Loweswater goes all the way back to my car.

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A Rowan tree full of berries, with Carling Knott behind it.

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The view from the footpath with Holme Wood below. if you go in the other direction it takes you down into the wood and to the shores of Loweswater.

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Now this is a seat with a view! I sat and put my feet up for ten minutes and absorbed the scenery. I'm only 20 minutes from my car and, just like last week, I have seen no one on my walk.

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Looking back along the high level path.

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My winding route back to my car.

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View back from where I parked my car, as the sun is shining once again.

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The sun is also shining on St. John's in Cleator Moor. Unlike last week leaves cover the ground, I guess autumn is now here.

An excellent little walk, easy to navigate, no bogs and a gentle off-path descent with some great views on the way.

Jo.

 

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