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Loweswater, Maggies Bridge, High Nook Tarn, Blake Fell, Holme Wood, Cumbria.
[13.9 km]  Tue 29 Oct 2019

 
Lat/Long: 54.589875, -03.366465
OS Grid ref:
NY 11798 22490
The weather forecast was good and I set off under a dark clear sky after having to defrost my car windscreen. Iíd originally planned to start my walk from the small car park at Maggieís bridge to the east of Lowewater. As it is down a narrow lane I decided to continue along the lane by the north side of Loweswater and park in the area near Waterend.

View from the Corpse Road
I set off walking along the road in a SE direction hoping to see some nice views across Loweswater. The sun was still low so hadnít yet reached the trees so didnít get the photo Iíd hoped for. Further along the road I turned right down the lane to Maggieís Bridge then up the farm track to High Nook Farm. There was nobody around as I walked through the farmyard and continued up the stony track to the gate.
Looking down to Highnook Tarn
At the fork in the track I turned right along the old Corpse Road and met a walker coming the other way. I left the main track and followed a minor path to the outlet of Highnook Tarn. The tarn isnít names on the Ordnance Survey maps but is in wainwrights Book. Further on I stepped across Highnook Beck and joined the track that ziz zags up the valley. Itís the first time Iíve been on this path and glad Iíd decided to investigate it.
Old gate post as boundary stone
The climb was ver peasant and the views soon began to open up. After the first steep section the gradient eased as I reached the stile and fence at Fothergil Head. I turned right up to the stone marker post which is an old gate post with two recesses cut for gate poles. As I continued up to Blake Fell I could see the Isle of Man out to the west. My phone also picked up O2 Roaming welcome to Isle of Man. There were a few people walking around Blake Fell Summit and I chatted to a couple before continuing to Burnbank Fell.

Below Blake Fell

Blake Fell Summit


Below Blake Fell summit my phone picked up a signal from the Isle of Man which I could see on the horizon

I had a nice view don to Loweswater before starting the steep descent down to the NW. I reached the gate and re-joined the Corpse Road track which winds along the NE side of the fell. There were several people and families out enjoying the fine weather. I reached the wooden seat at the classic viewpoint but there was already a woman on it enjoying a hot drink from her flask.
From Burnbank, Loweswater below
 We chatted briefly and I said Iíd seen her earlier just below Blake Fell. I continued to Holme Beck then descended down through Holme Wood to the south shore of Loweswater. I turned left to follow the track and then the right fork to the stone hut by the lakeside. There were several people and children around.
From the Old Corpse Road

Loweswater

Bothy by Loweswater

Woodland by Loweswater 

Across Loweswater 
The path followed close to the shore but not along it before re-joining the main path before the gate. Up at Hudson Place I descended down the farm road to leave across a field to the right and follow the path to the road and parking where my car was. There were now many cars there.
 
 
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