Sunday 10th March 2013

We'd originally planned to go up Whiteless Pike and Grasmoor today, however a poor forecast with snow and strong winds made a decision for some more low lying fells a more appealing alternative. As it turned out, there was a lot more sunshine then we expected, despite having to walk through a 20 minute hail shower.

We parked in Loweswater village and made for Holme Wood next to the lake. A well defined path cuts straight through the woods climbing steeply to come out on the bridleway which skirts the top of it. Taking the bridleway, we followed a terrace as far as a gated wall, then followed the wall upwards as far as a cairn, before heading directly towards the top of Burnbank Fell on a well defined track.

From this point, the wind became really noticeable and didn't leave us between the three summits of Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell, all of which were easily navigated following the boundary fence. The views all around were fantastic, particularly looking towards Grasmoor. Having our lunch was by no means easy in the high winds, with nowhere to be seen anywhere to take shelter, other than a wooden fence.

Our descent was to cut across the open fell side to pick up the bridleway that follows Highnook Beck, taking us back to Loweswater, where a well earned pint was waiting in the Kirkstile Inn.

Stats 'n that

Location info

How far and how long:

7.84 miles, 4 hours

Who was with me:

Jenny Cawthorne, Martin Bradley Thorne, Julie Bradley Thorne

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Whiteside and Grasmoor from Loweswater.

Whiteside and Grasmoor from Loweswater.

The snow covered track up to Burnbank Fell.

The snow covered track up to Burnbank Fell.

Looking east to the larger Lakeland fells.

Looking east to the larger Lakeland fells.

View out to the coast.

View out to the coast.

Looking across to Grasmoor.

Looking across to Grasmoor.