Date & Time: Friday 21st July 2006. 5.30 pm start.

Location of Start : Loweswater (by the phone box) ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Mellbreak, Mosedale Holly, Mosedale Beck, and back.

Walk details : 4 mls, 1450 ft of ascent , 2 hrs including a swim.

Walked with : Myself and the dogs.

Weather : Hot and sunny, as it has been for the last few days. A slight breeze.


Due to the extremely hot weather recently we have avoided the high open fells in favour of shorter local walks, preferably with water for the dogs to enjoy.

This afternoon was cooler with misty cloud on some of the fells, sufficient to block the sun from our part of the valley on occasions. This has kept the temperature a couple of degrees lower than recent days. There has also been a pleasant cool breeze to keep the house (and the valley) fresher too.

With that in mind I took the dogs for an slightly longer, early evening walk, and thought Mellbreak would be a good idea.

Grasmoor from the gate close to the Kirkstile Inn

A little cloud still cloaks the high fells ~ Gable from Loweswater.

As I continued on the walk, the cloud lifted completely allowing the full force of the late afternoon sun to shine through again.

So my walk up the front of Melbreak was blessed with fine sunshine, but also a sudden return to higher temperatures.

The sheep stay in the shadows to say cooler.
Colourful heather as I climb. Low Fell in the distance.


Steep climbing and fine views of the lake.
Crummock and Buttermere and two hot dogs.


Mellbreak top looking towards Loweswater and the Solway.
Trust them to find the boggy summit pool.

Red Pike shines in the afternoon sun as the last of the cloud clears Wind Gap between Pillar and Scoat Fell

What will now be called "Thomas's Pool" in our family.
A direct descent today towards the Holly Tree.


Down to Mosedale Beck in search of a pool . . .
. . . but only this one is deep enough for a swim

Yeh - Cool or what !

" I'm surprised there is any water left in the pool after that big splash " says Harry

Back near the Kirkstile, with clothes nearly dry already.

Chris's cattle are enjoying the riverside pastures, but came over to the fence to see us pass.

The youngsters are running around but the adults stroll gently in the late afternoon temperatures.

A final shot from 9.30 this evening as the red sunset casts a gentle light on Mellbreak.


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