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Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells


Postby Phooooey » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:11 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Blake Fell, Burnbank Fell, Gavel Fell

Date walked: 16/02/2013

Time taken: 3.5

Distance: 11.4 km

Ascent: 697m

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Maggie's Bridge - Burnbank Fell - Blakes Fell - Gavel Fell - Maggie's Bridge

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This weekend saw the return of my walking partner John. It's been a couple of months since we've both been available for a Saturday yomp and therefore we planned a walk that wasn't going to kill us off and provided a few escape clauses.
With a limited choice (only 21 Wainwrights left on my tick sheet), I decided the Loweswater Fells fitted the bill being not as high as some of the others and a choice of valleys leading back to Maggies Bridge when the going got too tough.

Starting with Burnbank Fell, we made our way from Maggies Bridge (where we parked) and made our way to Watergate Farm. From here we took the steep left path up through Holme Wood to a high level traverse crossing Holme Beck and round to the the northern flanks of the fell.

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Climbing Burnbank Fell over Loweswater
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Grasmoor over Loweswater & Crummock Water from flanks of Burnbank Fell
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Edge of Melbreak over Crummock Water from Burnbank Fell ascent
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Valley view from Burnbank Fell flanks
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Crummock Water from high level ridge on Burnbank Fell flanks

A number of geocaches were claimed along this stretch and some great views down over Loweswater and Crummock Water and the surrounding fells, including views over to Whiteside & Whiteless Pike which are on my "To Do" list.
From a gate at the end of this track we proceeded left, climbing up onto the western nose of Burnbanks summit up a number of steep grassy banks before it levelled out across to the summit itself.

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John & Damson mill about on Burnbank Summit

The fence line from Burnbank summit gives a good guide across the Loweswater fells to our next two summits. The ground was better than expected across to our next summit of Blakes Fell following all the rain and snow we have had in recent weeks. The weather was still in petulant mood however and the mist closed in as we approached the top requiring us to wait for breaks in the cloud for views over Congra Moss and on towards the Buttermere Ridge and Great Borne (visited two weeks ago)

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Damson in Blake Fell wind shelter (John in fog in background)
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John on Blakes Fell
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Congra Moss from Blakes Fell
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Hunkering down from the wind on Blakes Fell

Another high level cache was grabbed before rejoining the fence and on towards our last summit for today of Gavel Fell. John was feeling the effects of his absence from the fells and I knew that Hen Comb and Melbreak were next in line.

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What do you mean its todays last fell ?? ... Damson on Gavel Fell summit
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Damson & John on Gavel Fell
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Damson & I on Gavel Fell

We made course for the valley between Gavel Fell & Hen Comb following Whiteoak Beck back down to Loweswater. The path was somewhat patchy in areas and led through some very boggy grasslands. Initially we dropped right down to the beck edge before the feeds into the beck started to break up the land making progress difficult. A higher path was found a little lower down the valley and provided a much easier and quicker descent. A few more photos back to Melbreak & Hen Comb were captured before we reached High Nook Beck which we followed all the way down to Maggie's Bridge and the car.

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Melbreak from our descent path
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Hen Comb
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John heading back to Maggies Bridge with Fellbarrow in background

We'll be back down here to finish off 4 of the 5 remaining in the area leaving Rannerdale Knotts till the end and a summer yomp with family and friends and a champagne picnic. We'll be planting a special 214 geocache on that day too so I'll be coming up with some inventive "First To Find" ideas in the coming months.
Last edited by Phooooey on Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:14 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby Phooooey » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:36 pm

I'll add some words in tomorrow !! :crazy:
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby simon-b » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:01 pm

Some nice pictures there, Phooooey. Those are attractive fells around Loweswater, with some good views. Is parking still free at Maggie's Bridge? More and more Lakeland car parks seem to be attracting a charge.

I'm heading for the Loweswater area soon, this report has got me looking forward to it.
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby ChrisW » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:35 pm

Lovely shots as always Phooooey, I saw this last night but came back for the words today :shock: .......I guess I'll come back again :lol: :lol:
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby Phooooey » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:27 pm

Parking is still free at Maggie's Bridge however there are only enough spaces for 7 or 8 cars max and we only just got there in time at about 9:30.
Delay to words caused by excessive breakout of winter sun, meaning the missus and I went out for a trip to Bardsea on the geocaching trail ... Oh ! and Damson of course !
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby Phooooey » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:19 pm

Words now in place, just in time for the footy on telly ... hurrah !! :clap:
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby ChrisW » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:19 am

Brilliant :thumbup: that champagne picnic sounds pretty good too :lol:
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby DaveB1 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:02 pm

Keep going Phoooey, at least you could see where you were going, which is more than we could when we did them! You didn't find my camera did you? I lost it somewhere between Blake and Gavel Fell, mind you we were lost at the time, so needle in a haystack springs to mind :lol: :lol: Looking to get to single figures first weekend in March in Wasdale that's if weather etc etc. Cheers Dave
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby Phooooey » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:03 pm

Sorry, did read your report and we were probably some where near but it didn't jump out at us. If only it was in a geocache box !! We'd have got it then :lol:
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:56 am

As always, I enjoyed your report and photos :D Laughed at the one of you and Damson just appearing on the top of Blakes Fell :lol:
Craig, what are you going to do when the last one has been completed :shock:
I'm just back from a few days by Ullswater; FANTASTIC weather!! :D
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Re: Burnbank, Blakes & Gavel Fells

Postby Phooooey » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:02 am

Hi Susie,
The main reason I got a GPS device at Xmas was to start this geocaching lark and use it as the inspiration to get to a few more places in the Lakes without necessarily having to climb over summits. As John has just crossed his 50 mark, I can combine the two for a while. The geocache list has a cache at all the tarns in the district so that might make a good challenge. Anything to get out of housework ... sssshhh !! don't tell Ellie !! :wink: :wink: :lol: :lol:
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