Updated: Aug 2, 2021
So after a break of 3 months due to Covid restrictions, self isolation, work commitments and a bad back Theo and I were finally back in the Lake District.
This was still a but of last minute booking but we managed to get into the Bridge Hotel at Buttermere which I love. What a location, great, friendly staff and beautiful views all around.
We had a slightly arduous 4 hour journey from Manchester but on Saturday we awoke to see the tops covered in mist. We had a detailed 10 second discussion about the High Stile Ridge and decided we'd head to Loweswater and do Burnbank Fell.
We parked in the National Trust Car Park at Maggie's Bridge and headed off towards the lake. If you look closely at the photograph you can just see the end of my poles.
Soon you arrive at a gate and through here you take the path immediately to your left.
This takes you up into the forest.
This really is a lovely part of the walk. You can zig-zag your way up by not taking the path immediately through the gate and I think that could be a nice thing to do in the future. After about 40 minutes the forest was thinning and we were heading towards the open fell.
Through the forest you drop down slightly to cross a beck but the path around the edge of the fell is obvious and well defined.
The track meanders around the edge of the fell and is easy going and then...
you reach this little path and branch off to climb more steeply towards the fell summit.
The climb up along this path only lasts for 15 minutes or so and then you come out onto the scene below which is one I love in the Lakes. A beautiful, wide fell top, soft ground underfoot and an obvious path. The summit is just the other side of the fence you can see on the horizon here.
And here we are at the top. I should point out we had hardly seen a soul here. A couple of people in the car park and a couple of people on the fell but otherwise we were alone....marvellous!
So after completing Burnbank Fell we turned towards a very important next summit. Why I hear you ask? Well quick, go to the Blake Fell blog to find out................