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3 Fells and a Crag

PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:31 pm
by andy63
Part1: Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell
13.5 km, 660m ascent, time taken 4h 17m


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I made an earlier than usual start for these as for some reason I woke up very early and didn't go back to sleep.So I was able to get some breakfast, drive up to the western edge of the Lake District and start walking by about 9am.
I started from Lamplugh. To the south of the village there's a car park with a path leading to Cogra Moss reservoir.

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Cogra Moss Reservoir and Blake Fell


At the far end of the reservoir a steep path heads off to the left, along the side of Knock Murton. At the top of this path you cross a forest road and go through a gate, and then a path along the fence line leads up over the tops of Low Pen and High Pen to join the ridge between Blake Fell and Gavel Fell.

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View from Low Pen


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Cogra Moss from High Pen


The summits of Gavel and Blake fells both had a bit of snow on them, but not enough to make walking difficult.

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Gavel Fell summit


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Blake Fell summit


If you followed the ridge from Blake Fell, the next big hill would be Carling Knott.However, it's the lower down , insignificant-looking summit of Burnbank Fell, reached by following the fence to the north, which has Wainwright status.

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Burnbank Fell summit


For the descent from Burnbank Fell, Wainwright suggests to 'head north and join the bridleway to Fangs Brow'. So I headed north (I think) but didn't find the bridleway and instead had a pathless descent over wet ground and barbed wire fences,eventually finding my way down to the road leading back to Lamplugh.

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Looking back at Burnbank Fell


Part2: Castle Crag
4.0km, 257m ascent

It was still quite early in the afternoon when I got back to the car so I had time to drive over to Grange and head up to Castle Crag.


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Seathwaite valley is supposedly the wettest place in England, and it lived up to its reputation as I got soaked on the way up, whilethe rest of the country was enjoying a bright sunny day.

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Re: 3 Fells and a Crag

PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:25 pm
by ChrisW
Great report Andy, the first hills looked like fun but I have to say that 'selfie' on Seathwaite is priceless, had me proper laughing :lol: The look on your face says so much more than words could on a public forum :clap: :clap: