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Explore Cogra Moss
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Cogra Moss in winterCogra Moss ia wonderfull enclosed forest surrounding a reservoir which is now used by the Cockermount Angling Association.

The walk up to the dam is along surfaced tracks. Beyond the dam a number of unsurfaced paths provide the visitor great access around the reservoir in a loop.

For the more adventurous the walk up onto the top of Blakefell is strenuous but provides fantatstic views of the northern lake district fells, Scotland, the Solway Coast and Isle of Man.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

This is a beautiful area tucked away in a horseshoe of fells. Having read the path closed signd I decided to go up on to the next tier and walk the forest track with the dogs.

Stuart Tyson, 10/Sep/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

I visited this little gem for the first time and had a blast of a run around the lake. Great route for a short technical run after work when shirt on time - simply lovely!

Can you open water swim at cogra moss too if perhaps canoe/Canadian across it?

Michaela Rayner, 16/Jun/2016

So lovely to hear you've discovered Cogra and found a new running route! Whilst we look after the trees here, the reservoir is the responsibility of United Utilities and they do not permit swimming, see their website for more details, You could contact them directly to enquire about canoeing.

Forestry Commission Response

I regularly walk at Cogra Moss.Can you please tell me when you are going to cut a path through the "wind blown" trees on the path around the back of Cogra Moss.There are only five or six trees which could be sorted out fairly quickly with a chain saw I would have thought.I can`t rememeber when you put up all the signs warning about the trees but it must be over six months ago.Are you trying to stop people from doing the circular walk around the Moss?

Ian, 8/Oct/2015

Although it may look like that there are only 5 or 6 trees across the path, unfortunately it isn’t as straightforward as simply felling these trees, we have to take into account the hung up trees as well. There are around 12 hung up trees in awkward places, often on top of previous windblow, which are too dangerous to deal with manually as it would mean working under other windblown trees or in a small space with no escape route. We are not trying to stop people from walking around Cogra Moss but we must ensure the safety of visitors and staff. The windblown trees will need to felled with a mechanical harvester. Unfortunately it is too expensive to justify bringing in a harvester for 12 trees so we will coordinate this work with other harvesting operations in nearby forests. Having discussed this with our forestry team, the earliest we will be able to tackle this work with a harvester is likely to be in winter 2016 to spring 2017. We will update the signs on site and continue to provide information about further developments with this situation.

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What's Here?

  • Camping
  • The caravan Club site at Dockray Meadow is an ideal place to stay. Only 15minutes walk from the reservoir.
  • Fishing
  • Permits can be bought at the caravan site at lamplugh.
  • Walking
  • The walk from Felldyke car park to the reservoir and back is a popular short walk. Longer walks around the reservoir and up onto Blakefell are more demanding and require good foot wear but none the less enjoyable.
  • Viewpoint
  • The view from Blakefell is stunning.
  • Wildlife
  • The reservoir provides a home for grebe, swans and ducks. The forest is home to Red Squirrel.
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