We drive round to the western side of the Loweswater fells
to enjoy an afternoon walk up Blake.
An early lunch should give us sufficient hours of sunshine
for the walk as the sunset is noticeably later now, despite
only being a month past the equinox.
We park at Felldyke and head up towards Cogra Moss at the start
of our walk.
The houses at Felldyke and the car park which
is hidden in the trees.
Beautiful sunshine is in prospect for the walk.
Owsen Fell seen through the trees as we approach
straight lines of the Cogra dam, with Blake behind.
Looking down the valley
at the rich greens of the moss and the river below.
My walking companions today, Loes Dougal and
We pause for a photo and a final decision as
to the route, shall we go clockwise or anti-clockwise from here
We go left over the dam onto the newly upgraded
path alongside the lake . . . we must be going clockwise !
They've been cutting trees for some time now
and the timber is stacked either side of the forest road.
The new forest track they built to extract the
timber lower down by the lake is looking worse for wear already.
Up here the track is good and the track takes
us upward in approximately the right direction.
Previously cut forest areas and copious
old tree stumps prevent a straight ascent,
so we follow the forest tracks and zig-zag our
way up the fell side.
One of the sad things about creating the new
track lower down by the lake
is that the forestry guys have gouged out a
large quarry half way up Blake, on the next bend of the track.
The 'planning permission' aspect of this work
must be non-existant and though it will mellow, this scar will
be here for ever.
We turn and head north and east around the western
spur of Blake.
Cut forestry leaves such a mess and considering
the bio-mass aspect of the modern trade
it seems strange they don't take all the timber
they cut ?
of the track as fellow walkers descend towards us.
The path beyond was
steep and quite slippery in places.
A slight diversion to Sharp Knott, which has
a sizeable cairn and two dogs standing on it.
Looking west from the cairn through the binoculars.
[ not really . . . it was a fluke of stitching
two copies together in Microsoft Ice.]
Nearing the summit and for some inexplicable
reason there's a cloud heading our way !
Consequently the view from the top was non-existant
. . . apart form the pleasant foreground of course.
No view of the High Stile Ridge either as we
head east from the top, looking for the fence line which would
It was a bit breezy up here but not wet or cold,
which was a bonus I suppose.
Emerging from the cloud and we start to get
those western views back again.
Sunshine on the Irish Sea . . . not on us !
As we reach lower ground the panoramic views
Gavel Fell is the adjacent heather covered fell
and the outline of Fleetwith Pike is far away left of centre.
The red sandstone boundary stone is even more
intertwines in the new fencing.
At lease at this junction of fences there are
stiles to enable you to cross if you are heading for Gavel.
We'll pass on that summit and continue round
the circuit, heading down for High Pen.
The summit of Blake is perfectly clear now .
. . cloud ? . . . what cloud ?
The rounded shape of Knock Murton ahead and
we are back down to the edge of the forest.
The path however stays clear of the trees and
it is simple walking all the way down from Low Pen . . .
. . . to the red forest track once again.
This will be the eventual route out for the
logs once they have finished clearing the trees they are currently
The forestry guys have cleared the bottom of
the valley of green sitka and have also removed all the larch
This was the scene back in 2010, note the different
colours, which also explains the ragged cutting line of the
[ The full set of the 2010 walk pictures are
linked at the end of the page.]
Loes leads the way back down to Cogra Moss.
The plastic tubes by the side of the path are
protecting young replacement saplings that have been planted
in recent years.
Two swans on the lake as we look across at our
recent summit walk . . . could that be another low cloud hitting
the summit ?
The cloud sheds a bit of a shadow on the lake
as we walk back to the dam.
We've nearly complete the circular part of the
A short walk along the water board track and
we arrive back at Felldyke.
The sun makes an appearance once again
lighting up Felldyke
Bunkhouse and the new houses being built in Lamplugh.