Blake and Gavel Fell

Route: Blake Fell and Gavel Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 20th April 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

Weather: Sunny

Blake Fell (which is known locally as Blake) is the highest of the five Loweswater Fells at 1,878 feet though it can’t be seen from the valley, being obscured by the high ridge terminating in Carling Knott. Gavel Fell is the second highest of the group, but both are overlooked in favour of their neighbour Mellbreak which is closer to the spectacular scenery of Buttermere and its fells

This makes today’s walk an ideal choice for anyone seeking solitude. Very few people come this way, and in the course of 6 miles I only saw 4 other folk

I hadn’t made a particularly early start, and so it was a relief to find a space in the small car park at Maggie’s Bridge, where there is only room for about 8 cars. I followed the track through High Nook Farm, ascending gently all the while, until I reached High Nook Tarn. Just beyond here the collar work starts in earnest and the initial pull up the lower slopes of Blake Fell is a steep one, though zig zags in the path help to iron out the gradient. On reaching the ridge line near Fothergill Head I forked off to the right to make a ‘there and back’ ascent of Blake Fell. It was easy going and there were huge views from the summit, including the Irish Sea to the west and Crummock Water to the east

Having retraced my steps to Fothergill Head I made the short but at times squelchy climb up to Gavel Fell. The views from here are good, but not as extensive as those from its neighbour Blake Fell. I descended along a faint path beside Black Crag, with views over Lorton Vale ahead of me, before reaching a wider path which brought me back to the track to High Nook Farm. From here it was a short stroll back to the start of a walk which I’d enjoyed in perfect peace and solitude, the only sounds being the songs of the skylarks along the way

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