|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|
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.
Sunrise over Blackcombe as I drive towards Cleator Moor.
I park next to the gate, along by the wall at Fangs Brow. Burnbank Fell is on the right.
There is a lot of dark cloud ahead and above me, but the sun is streaming through a gap
I will be heading off up the fell just before the gate. There is a track up through the bracken.
As I head up I meet some fell ponies.
A foal poses for me.
Looking over Loweswater to the three fells I was on last Tuesday. Fellbarrow, Darling Fell and Low Fell.
Dramatic skies. The cairn marks the end of the steep bit, now it is just a stroll up to the summit.
The way ahead.
Blake Fell on the right and Carling Knott to the left.
Burnbank Fell summit view over to Knock Murton.
Looking back the way I have come.
I head up to Blake Fell and take this photo looking back.
From Blake Fell's summit is a wonderful view west over Knock Murton and Cogra Moss and out to sea.
Cogra Moss in close up.
The end of Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell above it.
Close up of Buttermere and a gloomy Fleetwith Pike.
View south towards Gavel Fell and the Red Pike range.
Blake Fell summit shelter.
View back down to Burnbank Fell.
I head for Carling Knott on the left. I cross the fence line at the stile. Whiteside and Grasmoor ahead.
Carling Knott in sunshine.
A close up of Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor with Crummock Water below.
The summit shelter on Carling Knott with Blake Fell behind.
Mellbreak in the middle.
I head along Carling Knott, down into the dip, then I turn left for the descent off-path.
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.
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.
A Rowan tree full of berries, with Carling Knott behind it.
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.
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.
Looking back along the high level path.
My winding route back to my car.
View back from where I parked my car, as the sun is shining once again.
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.