Walk                 : Burnbank Fell (1,580 ft) & Blake Fell (1,878 ft)

                        Date                 : 30th July 2016

                        Weather           : Dry, cloudy, light breeze @ 17° C

                        Route Details    : From Fangs Brow, Loweswater

                        Distance           : @ 5 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 70 mins to Burnbank Fell summit (3 hours in total)

                            

 

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        The forecast of a settled and dry period of weather over the weekend was too good of an opportunity to just drop everything

                                    and head up to Lakeland to start the second hundred of my Wainwright climbs. Due to a niggling back injury, Sue requested

                                    that what ever it was that it wasn’t too strenuous (so that ruled out my intended Green Gable, Great Gable yomp from Honister)

 

                                    So I planned on Burnbank, Blake & Gavel Fells to start the count ticking again. A nightmare of a journey up the M6 put paid to that

                                    and severely delayed our arrival at Loweswater, therefore curtailing a decent part of the day. I wish they would hurry up with the

                                    Heysham to M6 link road job and get it finished. As for the walk itself, nothing in the way of difficulty for a novice and some

                                    stunning views south towards Buttermere at the top

 

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

 

I took the A66 towards Cockermouth and turned left at the roundabout just before you get to the road leading

in to the Town centre, and then followed the Loweswater signs towards the farm at Fangs Brow. There is side

of the road parking for about a dozen or so cars, and this is where the walk starts from.

 

 

Through the gate and the bridleway leads through a succession of gates towards the steep northern face

of Burnbank Fell. This track can be followed as part of a circular above Loweswater and is very popular

 

 

The steep north flank of Burnside Fell

 

 

An early view across Crummock Water of Whiteside and Grasmoor

 

 

Looking across the Solway Firth to Scotland

 

 

Eventually the bridleway reaches a gate and stile, which if followed through leads on to the circular path walk above Loweswater.

We took a small detour to observe the fine views to be had. Note though, that the track we follow to Burnbank Fell summit

(avoiding the steep northern flank) takes a sharp right at this point … see the shot later on

 

 

Just a short way down the circular path and some stunning views looking towards Buttermere

 

 

Anyway, back on with the walk, from the gate take a really sharp right up a gentle slope to find a pathway cutting

through the gorse bushes. This leads to a more gentle path that zig-zags its way up the north flank towards

a marker cairn

 

  

 

The track, faint at first improves with some well defined foot holds, Ste shows the way

 

 

After about 20 minutes or so the marker cairn is reached signalling a right turn along a track that leads up to the summit

 

 

Some fine views from the marker cairn

 

 

From the marker cairn, the path swings right as it leads to the summit of Burnbank Fell. The peak in the centre

of the shot is Blake Fell, which is the second fell of the day

 

 

Further on up the path, and the metal fence post (just visible on the right) marks the summit

 

 

Sue and Ste on the summit of Burnbank Fell. The cairn is just a small pile of stones, barely big enough to rest the walking sticks in

 

 

Looking north towards Scotland

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit … https://youtu.be/4PORrvVfYSY

 

 

The unmistakable pathway to Blake Fell a mile away – our second summit. Take note – the ground can be very boggy here in parts

 

 

Ste approaching the summit shelter cairn on Blake Fell

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Blake Fell … https://youtu.be/ybRYC5lBb4o

 

 

 

Sleeping on the job, looking south towards Buttermere

 

 

Still sleeping on the job, looking out over the Irish Sea

 

 

Classic Lakeland scenery – Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike in the centre

 

 

Low clouds tumbling in .. please don’t rain !!

 

 

Ahh …  they’ve woken up now (just). The summit is very grassy and extremely comfortable

and we stayed there for quite some while (it would have been rude not to)

 

 

The Irish Sea

 

 

Criffel in Scotland

 

 

Sultry skies ….

 

 

On the way back down to Fangs Brow …..

 

 

Close up on Criffel …

 

 

Following the wall back down to the bridleway

 

 

A lingering last look ……

 

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