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Loweswater, Carling Knott, Blake Fell, Lamplugh Fell, Cogra Moss, Lamplugh, Cumbria.
[14.6 km]  Thu 05 Dec 2019

Lat/Long: 54.589845, -03.366467
OS Grid ref:
NY 11798 22487
The weather forecast was bad with strong winds and heavy rain due along the west coast of Cumbria later in the morning. My planned route is a walk I did in Mach 2007 over Blake Fell. I decided to reverse route and do it clockwise and try and get to the summit as soon as possible and hopefully avoid the worst of the weather. I drove to the parking verge at the west end of Loweswater and set off along the path crossing the fields to the road to Hudson Place.

Gloomy view across Loweswater

Reaching the Old Corpse Road
I turned left down the stony track that heads towards Holme Wood and Loweswater. I descended it for a while until I came to a gate on the right. Over the gate I walked up the lower fell, through a gate and steeply up the fell side to reach the Old Corpse Road above. I turned left to the bench at the viewpoint.
The viewpoint
I managed a quick grab shot but the wind was getting up with rain in the air. I continued to Holme Beck and photographed a water valve lid in the grass before heading up the fell to join the fence line running up towards Carling Knott. Approaching the summit I took a line to the left to traverse Carling Knott to the east and get better views across to Mellbreak. I Climbed the last few metres to the summit and small cairn then headed SW along the ridge towards Blake Fell in the distance.
Water valve box

Fleetwith Pike centre distance

Useless stile
I was surprised that a I could still see it in the deteriorating weather. The wind was getting much stronger but thankfully the heavy rain hadnít arrived. Before the summit of Blake Fell a substantial fence has to be crossed. All there was to aid the crossing is a rickety stile that collapsed as I tried to climb up to it. On the final approach to the summit the wind became rather serious and to take a summit photo of the cairn had to kneel down as standing up was impossible.
Blake Fell photographed
from a crouching position
Itís times like this that the efficiency of good clothing becomes very important. Trying to zip up my jacket was extremely difficult in the wind and the 2 degC temperature didnít help. I rushed off to the south and High Pen as fast as I could in the side wind. On the steep descent of Low Pen I eventually stated to find better weather.
Looking down to Cogra Moss
Below the pines I reached the forestry track but didnít follow it as my descent route was by a narrow and rutted path down to the track by Cogra Moss. Near the dam that forms the expanse of water was a parking area and seats. However access is only for anglers. The reservoir was dammed in the 1980s to form a water supply but hasnít been used for that purpose since the 1970s.
Cogra Moss from the dam

I followed the unsurfaced track to a gate and memorial stone seat to:
Ronald F. Dickinson (1916-1985) By the Parishioners of Lamplugh and Ennerdale in recognition of his services to the Community.

Ronald F. Dickinson

Stone memorial seat
At the next track I turned right down a muddy lane to Dockray Nook farm. The path continued through fields and this where I found my first decent shelter of the walk. I stopped behind a wall to eat my sandwiches as the rain arrived. There was an easy ford at Wisenholme Beck then a sign saying ĎNo Access to the Open Fellí. Fortunately I had the public path to follow back to the road by the church at Lamplugh. The rain was now heavy and wind strong so didnít have a look at the church. I followed the lane off to the right and was relieved to see a sign saying Loweswater 2 Ĺ miles. In the bad weather there was nothing for it but to head along the lane as quickly as possible. There was an interesting finger post at the top of the wonderfully names Fangs Brow. At the bottom was the Grange Country House Hotel then just a short walk back to my car.

Property in Lamplugh

The same property 1st March 2007
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