LOWESWATER FELLS
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Loweswater Fells - 9th March 2008
WALK STATISTICS
Date 9th March 2008 Description Loweswater Fells
Start Point Maggies Bridge Peaks Climbed Mellbreak 512m
Start Grid Ref NY 13451 21046   Hen Comb 509m
Total Time 7hrs 00min   Gavel Fell 526m
Walking Time 5hrs 05min   Blake Fell 573m
Stopped Time 1hrs 55min   Carling Knott 544m
Distance 11.00 miles   Loweswater End 519m
Moving Average 2.2 mph    
Elevation at Start 125 metres Temperature 3-6°C
Total Ascent 1,250 metres Weather Sunny Intervals & Windy at times
Max Elevation 573 metres Walking With Mark
WALK NOTES

Maggies Bridge - Loweswater Village - Mellbreak - Mosedale - Hen Comb - Whiteoak Moss - Gavel Fell - Blake Fell - Carling Knott - Loweswater End - High Nook - Maggies Bridge

The clouds were covering the high peaks today so we decided to climb some of the lower "Wainwrights" instead. Starting from Maggies Bridge National Trust car park we walked back into Loweswater Village and passed the Kirkstile Inn (which we would visit later in the day). Continuing through a small pine wood and then walking up the lower slopes of Mellbreak we encountered the rocky north end of Mellbreak. This slowed the pace down but the ascent was certainly a thrill as we experienced excellent views throughout. On the ascent one arrives at the second promontory - the point where Wainwright called it "a peep around a corner" and where there are great views to Crummock Water, Buttermere, Rannerdale Knotts, Robinson and even Fleetwith Pike. Not long afterwards we arrived at the North Top Summit more or less at the same time as another couple of walkers had arrived at the summit from the opposite direction. The views from the North Top Summit of Mellbreak were fantastic. The sun was shining at this moment and therefore gave us superb views to Loweswater and beyond. Mellbreak has a North Top Summit and a South Top Summit (which in fact is the true summit). The photos taken from the South Top Summit were not as good as the ones taken from the North Top Summit because we were looking directly into the sun. However the view would have been great with Crummock, Buttermere, Grasmoor, Robinson, Fleetwith Pike, and the High Stile ridge all in sight. We left the South Top and headed west down steep grassy slopes into Mosedale. We then walked past the solitary holly tree (mentioned on os maps) and picked up the main path to the other side of the valley crossing a bridge over Mosedale Beck on our way. Our next Wainwright was Hen Comb which we ascended by climbing the steep grassy slopes next to Thrang Crags. There were views to Loweswater and to Buttermere. After a short stop we descended south westwards from the summit of Hen Comb and then crossed White Oak Moss which was very wet and boggy. Eventually we reached a fence which we then followed over White Oak and onwards to the summit of Gavel Fell. From the summit we could start to see the route we had taken today as Mellbreak was just across the valley. Mind you was very windy at this point. Continuing to follow the fence we headed towards Blake Fell - the highest point of the day at 573 metres. From the summit of Blake Fell to the west are Knock Murton and Cogra Moss reservoir. Instead of walking to Burnbank Fell we decided to walk to Carling Knott and Loweswater End. A great view of Loweswater from here. The route back took us below the summit of Carling Knott and then followed a small beck steeply down to the High Nook valley and ending back at Maggies Bridge. It was an excellent day's walk taking in 4 Wainwrights and 2 Birketts. Before we left Loweswater we had a pint in the Kirkstile Inn.
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PROFILE
REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

Walking the Wainwrights by Stuart Marshall (Sigma Leisure)
Maps Used
OL4 Explorer - The English Lakes (North Western Area)
PHOTOGRAPHS
Kirkstile Inn - Loweswater
The signpost showing "No Road"
Darling Fell & Low Fell from the slopes of Mellbreak with Loweswater village below
Loweswater after walking through pinewood
Fellbarrow & Low Fell from ascent of Mellbreak
Fellbarrow & Low Fell from slopes of the ascent of Mellbreak
Loweswater with Fellbarrow & Darling Fell from ascent of Mellbreak
Loweswater with Fellbarrow, Darling Fell & Low Fell from second promontory of Mellbreak
The view to Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts from the "peep around a corner"
Crummock Water with Whiteside & Grasmoor from second promontory of Mellbreak ascent
Crummock Water with Grasmoor from second promontory of Mellbreak ascent
Crummock Water with Whiteless Pike, Robinson, Rannerdale Knotts, & Fleetwith Pike from the "peep around a corner"
Low Fell, Loweswater & Lorton Vale from Mellbreak's second promontory
Crummock Water with Whiteside & Grasmoor from second promontory of Mellbreak ascent
Mellbreak's North Top Summit (512 m) with Loweswater, Fellbarrow, Darling Fell & Low Fell
Mellbreak's North Top Summit (512 m) with Loweswater, Fellbarrow, Darling & Low Fells
Mark & I at the North Summit of Mellbreak
Mellbreak's North Top Summit with Loweswater
Looking back to Mellbreak's North Top Summit
"Hold on to your hat!!" on Mellbreak
Looking bck to Mellbreak's North Top Summit
Mellbreak's South Top Summit with Red pike & High Stile ridge
Hen Comb & Mosedale from Mellbreak
Walking to Hen Comb
Mosedale valley with solitary holly tree (mentioned on os maps)
Mosedale with Robinson & High Stile ridge from ascent of Hen Comb
Hen Comb Summit with Loweswater beyond
Hen Comb Summit with Loweswater beyond
Hen Comb Summit with Buttermere & High Stile ridge
Hen Comb Summit with Loweswater beyond
Whiteoak Moss (very wet & boggy) with Gavel Fell & Blake Fell beyond
Whiteoak Moss with Low Fell (on left) Mellbrake (dark peak in centre) & Hen Comb (on right)
Gavel Fell Summit with Mellbreak & Grasmoor
Gavel Fell Summit with Mellbreak & Grasmoor
View from Gavel Fell Summit to Mellbreak & beyond
Blake Fell Summit with Knock Murton & Cogra Moss
Knock Murton & Cogra Moss from Summit of Blake Fell
Carling Knott from Blake Fell
Carling Knott Summit (544 metres)
Carling Knott Summit "Lookout & Shelter"
View from Carling Knott Summit
Looking towards Loweswater End
Grasmoor & Crummock Water from path to Loweswater End (Mellbreak on right)
Grasmoor & Mellbreak from path to Loweswater End
Whiteside, Grasmoor & Mellbreak viewed on path from Carling Knott to Loweswater End
Loweswater End Summit with Whiteside and Grasmoor beyond
Loweswater End Summit with Grasmoor and Mellbreak
Grasmoor, Crummock Water & Mellbreak from near Loweswater End
Loweswater from Loweswater End
Loweswater, Lorton Vale, Loweswater village, Whiteside, Grasmoor & Crummock Water from Loweswater End
Grasmoor & Crummock Water from near Carling Knott
Looking back to descent from Carling Knott in High Nook valley

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