Monday 7th November 2011
A sunny but cold day meant we had great views throughout this walk with the added bonus that as the ground remained frozen throughout the day we found ourselves able to traverse some normally damp areas easily without getting wet.
Start: Maggie's Bridge (NY 1346 2103)
Route: Maggie's Bridge - Holme Wood - Burnbank Fell (338) - Loweswater End on Carling Knott (339) - Carling Knott
(340) - Blake Fell (341) - Gavel Fell - Floutern Cop (342) - Whiteoak Beck - Maggie's Bridge
Distance: 8.75 miles Ascent: 718 metres Time Taken: 6 hours 10 minutes
Terrain: Predominantly on good paths.
Weather: Cold and sunny.
Pub visited: Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater Ale Drunk: Melbreak Bitter
Early morning frost as we leave the car park and head for Carling Knott.
Darling Fell as we take our first distant look at Loweswater.
Darling & Loweswater Fells reflected in Loweswater, just before entering Holme Wood.
Having climbed up and left the wood behind the view behind us now includes Whiteside and Grasmoor.
Looking across Loweswater.
The Solway Firth is lost under the cloud, unlike Criffel.
After a short steep climb the summit of Burnbank Fell comes into view.
Time for a coffee break as we take in the views from the summit.
Looking back Skiddaw is now visible.
Bypassing Carling Knott's summit we make
an out and back trip
Loweswater End's summit cairn.
The trip was worth the effort for the
views across the valley,
Turning round for a view of Mellbreak.
Heading back we reach the summit shelter
of Carling Knott
Looking back to Carling Knott as we start the climb up Blake Fell.
Our reward was lunch with a view, here looking across Sharp Knott to Owsen Fell.
The shelter was occupied when we arrived
so we sat just below the summit
Although most of the time we were looking
at the fells lined up
Looking back to Blake Fell as we head for
Gavel Fell. When we reached
Looking across to Floutern Cop
From Floutern Cop's summit, Mellbreak is lit up by the last of the day's sunlight.
All that remained was a surprisingly dry
walk back down the valley,
Emerging from the shadow of Hen Comb, as
the daylight starts to fade,
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