Date & Time: 7th May 2006. 1.30 pm start.

Location of Start : The red phone box in Loweswater.( NY 143 210 )

Places visited : Mellbreak, Scale Force, Low Ling Crag, and back.

Walk details : 6.2 mls, 1,900 ft of ascent , 4 hrs 30 mins.

Walked with : Helmut, other members of the Online Fellwalking Club including Ann, and four dogs.

Weather : Grey and overcast, spots of rain on top but a warm day.

The Sunday crowd, taken by the eighth member Frances.

 

The full line up : Myself, Ann, Jill, Andrew, Frances, John, Jo and Helmut.

Accompanied by Megan, Jodie, Harry and Bethan.

After yesterday's longer outing

we decided a shorter walk would be in order.

 

Helmut had been looking out of the window at Melbreak all week

so it would be a great target for today.

 

From the Kirkstile signpost, we took the farm road to Kirk Head

and then followed the track up towards Mosedale.

 

The local lambs are growing fast, taking advantage of the fresh grass of the last few weeks . . .

Oh, and the calves are growing too !!

As we climbed above the short forestry section

we started to get a clear view down to Loweswater and the Lorton Valley.

   
Climbing the zig-zag path up.
Low Fell from half way up Mellbreak.

A further steep climb meant we gained height quickly.

Here we are looking down on Low Park and High Park.

The northern summit is the lower of two by a few meters, so it was off to the other end of the fell

where we reached the true summit and enjoyed this slightly cloudy view of Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike.

   
Down from Mellbreak to Scale Force.
Helmut by the lower section of the waterfall.

 

With care it is possible to climb up alongside the lower falls

and get into the bowl of the upper section.

Here Ann and Jo brave the spray to appreciate

a close up view of the whole waterfall.

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Turning for home now, we followed the beck down to Crummock Water.

   
Newly repaired path across the damp ground.
Low Ling Crag on Crummock's western shore.

Looking back to Low Ling Crag and the fells at the head of the valley

( l to r ) Fleetwith Pike with Brandreth behind, Haystacks with Great Gable behind.

Home then for a cup of tea after a great local walk.

   
The Kirkstile local brew
and a chance to keep alive an old tradition.

In the evening, I took the opportunity to introduced Helmut to our local hostelry

to sample our local brew, and to challenge him to an old English pub game, Shove Ha' penny.

 

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