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The Knock Murton Track
Date & start time: Sunday 31st January 2010, 12.15 pm start.
Location of Start : Roadside on the Lamplugh to Ennerdale Road, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 086 185 )
Places visited : Cross Rigg track, Leaps Beck and the slopes of Low Pen.
Walk details : 2.1 mls, 450 ft, 1 hour almost exactly.
Highest point : Slopes of Low Penn 1123 ft ( 345m)
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunny with blue skies.
A shorter walk today due to afternoon commitments, but the weather was so nice
we decided to take the high level path around the back of Knock Murton to catch the view down onto Cogra Moss.
The informal car park looked a bit full, though surprisingly we saw very few people on our walk.
Great Borne is the snow covered fell to the right.
Old railway bridge on the mineral railway to the old iron stone mines.
The westerly fells of High Pen and Gavel are ahead of us as we make our way along the red coloured track,
further evidence of the mineral deposits found in the area.
Today we decide to stay in the pleasant sunshine and take the path along the outside of the forest.
Blue skies and sunshine all the way.
Still plenty of frost around as we reach the track above Cogra Moss.
We would take the track to the right, following the fence up the fell and alongside the old gate.
The shapely dome of Knock Murton behind us as we walk higher.
A clear view of Great Borne ahead
but Pillar and Steeple, the fells along the other side of the Ennerdale valley, are both bathed in cloud.
Zooming in on the distant Ennerdale Fells.
Looking back down towards the track alongside the forest that we just walked up.
The Solway and the hills of Scotland are in the far distance and with good imagination, so too was the Isle of Man.
Cogra Moss and the hills of Scotland, the pleasant view marred only by the growing number of wind turbines.
However all looks well in this view towards High Pen.
Having reached sufficient height to achieve the views we came for, and time not being on our side today, we turned for home.
A partially frozen Cogra Moss below us.
This is an artificial lake, flooded many years ago to provide a water supply for Workington.
Vast areas of the forest have been cut down over the past two years and have left quite a scar on the landscape.
A panorama showing Blake fell and Cogra Moss from the same point.
Low Pen and High Pen are the fells to the right, but are merely outliers to the major summit of Blake in the centre.
We decide to return though the forest,
the trees overlapping so much that it was almost a tunnel in itself.
Back in to the sunshine at the end of the trees.
Now all we had to do was return on the red track parallel to the old mineral line till we reached the car.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . Smarter clothes lined up for an afternoon house-warming party in Johnby.
Previous walk - 30th January 2010 High Rigg and Tewet Tarn
A previous time up here - 16th July 2008 An opened out Knock Murton
Next walk - 1st February 2010 High Rigg and Moss Force