Darling Fell and Low Fell

Name of walk Darling Fell and Low Fell
Date of walk 2020-09-10

Ged and I had planned to walk up Grasmoor by the Lads How route, but when we got near Keswick the weather was dull and overcast, so we changed our plan and decided on Darling Fell and Low Fell instead. The views would be similar, but the effort to see them considerably less! I parked beside Loweswater, just north of the Mosser Fell Road, our route up to Darling Fell. This was a route new to Ged, but I had done it before. Low Fell probably has the best views in the lakes for such moderate effort.


Reflections of Carling Knott from the banks of Loweswater.


Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell.


Heading up the Mosser Fell Road.


View back.


I took this photo from the bench seat. For Darling Fell go through the gate and head up to the left. We would return via this gate too, but from the other direction.


Ged admires the views from our climb up the fell.


Once we gained the saddle and turned right we reach the summit plateau. View down to Loweswater with Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell on the other side.


Darling Fell summit. Low Fell is on the left. Views to Crummock Water and Buttermere in the distance.


Half way down the steep depression between Darling Fell and Low Fell.


View back across the heather to Darling Fell, right.


Low Fell summit is further north, but the best views are from the cairn near the south edge. It was a bit windy and cold at the top. The views are excellent even though the light is poor.


Crummock Water with a glimpse of Buttermere. Mellbreak, where I was with Fr. John a couple of weeks ago, on the right.


A closer view with Rannerdale Knotts in the middle.


View panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. From left to right: Skiddaw, Ladyside Pike, Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Robinson Then it becomes a bit murkey! Right of Crummock Water is High Stile, Red Pike, Mellbreak, and at the front out of the murk is Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell.


We put our coats on and have lunch behind some rocks out of the wind, with this view over to Grasmoor, rather glad that we changed our plans.


Summit selfie.


We head down and around, picking our way via sheep trods and off path sections to a track we could see from above.


View back up from the track which will return us back to the gate at the Mosser Fell Road.


Heading around by the wood.


We have another break for the views back down over Loweswater.


Panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.


Carling Knott.


Thirty seconds of sunshine, then it's gone again.


We continue on the grassy track back to my car.

The walk is only about 3.5 miles, and took us under three and a half hours with lots of stops to admire a wide selection of views. The easiest route up is actually via Thackthwaite, but today’s route, although it has steeper climbs, is far more satisfying.