Mellbreak with Fr. John

Name of walk Mellbreak with Fr. John
Date of walk 2020-08-20

On Thursday Fr. John and I did the walk we were going to do on Tuesday, before rain stopped play, Mellbreak. The weather was excellent, but it was going to be gale force winds on the summits, but not to worry, as we had options.

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I met Fr. John at Scalehill Bridge NT car park, at the northern end of Crummock Water.

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We set off walking towards the base of the northern end of Mellbreak, on the right.

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It looks a mean wee beastie! Not for those who don't like heights, or scree.

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View back towards Darling Fell and Low Fell.

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We go through the wood and gain some height walking up the grass. We look back towards Loweswater.

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The end of the grassy section and on to scree, glorious scree!

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The path zig zags up the fell, but there are a few slightly awkward sections where hands are needed.

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The heather is looking wonderful.

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Panorama of the view. It was beautiful today, and the fact that we were climbing up from the north meant we were sheltered from the wind. (left click to enlarge, click again to return) Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell on the left, then Loweswater, then Darling Fell and Low Fell. On the right are Whiteside and Grasmoor.

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I'm now walking with Noddy! That's some sunhat!

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The view around the corner to Buttermere.

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The view in close up.

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Looking down on Crummock Water.

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Lorton Vale.

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John sends some photos on his mobile....probably to Big Ears.

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John takes this one of me.

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The now easy walk through the purple heather to the north summit. The wind is picking up.

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Summit view in a gale! John puts his jacket on.

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John managing to stay upright while taking a photo.

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View south.

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Given the strength of the wind we quickly decide not to head for the south summit and the route off from the south down to the lake. We head instead for the depression and the route off from the west side. Hen Comb ahead.

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View down into Mosedale. The good grassy, but steep, path down to the valley is over to the left of this gully. Just at the top of the gully, to the right is Todd's Trod (tiny black dots on the OS map), this small path gradually descends around the side of the fell to the grass section we started our ascent on.

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We have a break here as we are now out of the wind.

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The path is narrow, the terrain is steep! Plus, heather is bad enough on the legs when you are wearing shorts, but gorse is even worse! Masochists form an orderly queue!

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View down to Mosedale Beck and a lone Fir tree.

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The scree is actually the easiest section to walk across.

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The route takes us back to the grass.

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We take the grassy path back down to the wood, then head right alongside the wall, heading for the shores of Crummock Water.

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The walk beside the wall.

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We need to head south for a bit beside another wall, then at its corner can head for the shore. Grasmoor, it would have been too windy to go up there today.

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We follow the wall down to the shore.

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Lovely.

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On the other side of the wall we are out of the wind and stop for lunch here.

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John provides the coffee.

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The wind is making waves on the shore.

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The lakeshore path takes us all the way back to the car park.

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The bridge and weir over the start of the River Cocker.

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Last beach view before we take the path back to the car park.

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The woodland path below Lanthwaite Hill, for the short walk back to our cars.

Our walk was just under six miles and took us 4 hours and 45 minutes, and that included stops for elevenses and lunch. A wonderful walk for those happy with ‘airy’ routes. I went back to Cockermouth with John for a coffee and an excellent fruit salad.

Jo.

 

 

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