Burnbank Fell is a small hill in
the west of the Lake District and is the most westerly of the Loweswater
Fells, a group of low grassy hills lying just south of Loweswater.
The hill is predominantly grassy with sprawling flanks and a broad
ridge connecting it to Blake Fell. It can be climbed from Lamplugh in
the west or from Waterend on the lakeshore.
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District,
bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south
east. Westwards the hills diminish toward the coastal plain of
At the central hub of the high country are Great
Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges fan out on either
flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being a great horseshoe
around this long wild valley. Burnbank Fell and the other Loweswater
Fells form the extremity of the northern arm.
Fells have been compared to the
digits of a hand, radiating out south westward from the "palm" centred
on Loweswater village. From the west these are Burnbank Fell, Blake
Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb and Mellbreak, the "thumb".
Fell marks the north western perimeter of the Lakeland Fells, its feet
set on the boundary of the National Park. Beyond lie the valley of the
River Marrom and the industrial towns of the coastal plain.
Beyond the park boundary is the low double top of Mockerkin How (810 ft),
standing above Mockerkin Tarn. This is a natural waterbody known for its
water lillies and stocked with eel, pike and perch. It is also
associated with several local legends including that of a sunken town.
The north eastern flanks of Burnbank Fell are much steeper with some
crags on the upper slopes overlooking Loweswater.
Lower down the
fellside is Holme Wood an attractive background to views across the
lake. Holme Beck runs down through the trees forming the boundary
between Burnbank Fell and Blake Fell to the south.
High up in the
woods is Holme Force, an attractive parallel pair of waterfalls.
A west ridge drops from the summit across an easy grassy saddle to Owsen
Fell (1,342 ft). This is generally considered a part of Burnbank Fell
although some guidebooks differ.
Owsen Fell descends to the
village of Lamplugh, conifer plantations being operated on the lower
slopes. All drainage from Owsen Fell and the western slopes drains to
the River Marron and ultimately the Derwent.
The top of Burnbank
Fell is a rounded grassy dome, the summit marked by an old fence post
and small cairn.
The Lakeland view is greatly restricted by Blake
Fell although there is a vista of the Northern and North Western Fells.
Loweswater is hidden by the slope although Crummock Water comes into
view a few paces to the north east. The view of the coast, Isle of Man,
Solway Firth and Criffel is uninterrupted.
From Lamplugh the
obvious ascent line is up Owsen Fell although there is doubt over right
From Waterend at the head of Loweswater, the route
starts via Hudson Place farm and passes into Holme Wood. Various paths
can then be taken to the summit.
Two paths contour the fell on
this side, one on the lakeshore and another "terrace" above the woods.
Both provide pleasant walking in their own right.
Fangs Brow farm
can also be used as an access point to the terrace path from the north.
routes near Burnbank Fell