Oak Cottage - Loweswater

Retreat to the quiet of the Western Lakes

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Date : Saturday 30th July 2005

Location : Cumbria Uk. A walk around Melbreak

Occasion : A small group of four (Geoff, David, Ann and myself) taking to the hills in appreciation of Alfred Wainwright, guide book author and fell walker.

Walk details : 6.4 miles 1830 ft of ascent. 5.5 leisurely hours.

Weather : Dry but cloudy. Local rain showers, but thankfully none near us till the last few minutes !


This walk was organised as part of the Wainwright Society series of members walks. For more details log on to:

For more photos from today click on :

A shorter selection of photos this time, starting with a group shot at the AW's "Negative" signpost.

The Lakes seems to be quieter at this time of year. People seem to be opting, for the last few years at least, for Spring and Autumn breaks rather than Summer holiday visits. There were so few passers by that Ann, the fourth person on the day, was required to take the photo hence the fellas-only shot !


A committee decision on the day went in favour of extending the low level walk to include an ascent of the north and south summits of Melbreak.

Bethan and Harry seemed to be in favour of this decision.

Geoff stands to admire Scale Force, the water level of which was low due to recent dry weather.

The humid atmosphere and enclosed nature of the fall meant that extreme care was needed as we climbed the left hand rock into the ravine. The view up from within the falls though was memorable.

From here we cut down to the Lakeside and started our return leg.

The beach by Low Ling Crag

Melbreak behind.

An old fence post stands high and dry at the side of Crummock.

The cloud today had been at a consistent 2000+ feet and cut the tops off the fells. However the mist and light rain, seen in some of the valleys, stayed away from us so the views were clear. The welcome roof of the Kirkstile obviated the need for waterproofs as we walked the last damp few minutes of the walk back to Loweswater.


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

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