High Nook Tarn, Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Carling Knott

Name of walk High Nook Tarn, Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Carling Knott
Date of walk 2013-02-18
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 6 hours 15 minutes
Weather Blue skies and warm
Peaks on walk Knock Murton, Blake Fell, Carling Knott

Yesterday I drove to Maggie’s Bridge car park at Loweswater with Ged and Kas for a walk up to High Nook Tarn then over the Blake Fell ridge and down to Knock Murton and Cogra Moss. Then back up to Blake Fell again, on to Carling Knott and down to Loweswater via Holme Wood.
A bit of an up and down walk of about ten miles and one I had been meaning to do for a while.
We didn`t start walking until 10.30am as on the way there were two road accidents we had to detour to avoid. One by going via Gummers How and Winster and the second just after Ambleside by going over The Struggle and the Kirkstone Pass, reaching the A66 via Dockray.
So we had a very scenic journey! But a long one at 2hrs and 40 minutes!

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Carling Knott, our end fell. We would come off the right hand side down into Holme Wood

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View to Darling Fell and Low Fell from the track up to High Nook Tarn.

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A frozen High Nook Tarn. Our route up to the ridge was a grassy zig zag to the left of the gill.

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Some nice reflections

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Carling Knott in sunshine..

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Looking back down from our route up. Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor across Lorton Vale.

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Once we gain the Blake Fell ridge we head down the other side towards Knock Murton ahead

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We would gain the summit from the far left beyond the forest. We would then descend steeply down to the tree line and follow the tree line down to the path on the right.

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A peek at Cogra Moss

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We locate the route we would take back up from the moss on the left by the tree line.

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The forest track.

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Ascending Knock Murton looking at a hazy Ennerdale Water. Views to Red Pike, Starling Dodd and Great Bourne.

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Heading for the summit.

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From the summit looking down on Cogra Moss and out to sea

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An excellent three part shelter each with two seats. We sat in the one facing the sun. It could have been summer it was that warm! A total change to six days ago in snow!

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Kas and me on the summit.

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Blake Fell summit is off far left. Our route to reach Knock Murton was to the right of the forest over High and Low Pen. We head steeply down through the heather to the tree line below.

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Heading down beside the tree line. You can hang on to the fence!

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Blake Fell summit across Cogra Moss.

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We walked all the way to the far end. Great views back up to the ridge to Blake Fell.

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Panorama......Excellent reflections!

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Then we had to walk back up to Blake Fell (behind me). On Low Pen. Now too hot even for a fleece. I haven't quite got the idea of camouflage!

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Walking the final section up to Blake Fell summit. Fleetwith Pike and the High Stile range in the distance.

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Route to Carling Knott

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A glimpse of High Nook Tarn.

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Kas gets to Carling Knott summit shelter first.

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A last look across to Pillar and Steeple

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View down over Loweswater. Too steep to descend here. We go left and head down the fell side towards Holme Beck

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A hummocky but soft, off path, way down. Making for the gate entrance into Holme Wood

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I always forget that the route down through Holme Wood is long and steep! Loweswater reflections..

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It is starting to get dark now.

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A pink Grasmoor

The walk took us six and a quarter hours for the ten miles. We make the two minute drive to the Kirkstile Inn. I have a half of Grasmoor (dark ale) which didn’t touch the sides! Then three cups of coffee. I`m a bit dehydrated today!
The forecast said cold, windy and cloudy. Instead it was hot, perfectly still with blue skies. Weather forecasts are so rubbish!

A great little walk! No accidents on the way back! I make it home in under two hours!

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