Date & Time: Wednesday 16th May 2007. 12 noon start.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Kirk Gate Farm, Mellbreak (North summit), Mosedale and home.

Walk details : 3.5 mls, 1300 ft of ascent , 2 hrs.

Walked with : Nicky Pease and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Low cloud and breeze but warm. It should stay clear and dry hopefully.

Mellbreak from the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk.

This week we have a guest staying who is a long time friend of the family and best of mates with our son in Swansea.

Nick has taken a job in an outdoor pursuits centre on the Gower where he gets involved in coastal climbing, canoeing, rock hopping, orienteering and generally introducing youngsters and school parties to the great outdoors.

He has come to the Lakes to gain a bit more high level mountain and navigation experience, so we had better get out and do some walking !!

Mellbreak would seem an obvious first choice. It's not the best of days but it will be good experience I've no doubt.

   
A damp start as we pass some colourful rhododendrons.
The misty lens adds atmosphere.

The garden in Kirkgate in the second photo has a fine mature garden and the potential for an excellent view from inside the house !

   
Nick pauses for a portrait in the lane to Mosedale
Bluebells in a sheltered corner under Flass Wood

The ascent of the northern end of Mellbreak involves a zig-zag path up through the crags and heather. It's steep but straight forward, and gives excellent views as you climb. The lake is Crummock Water with the misty fells of Grasmoor and Whiteside behind.

Looking down on High Park House and Mellbreak Cottage, and some of the crags we didn't climb.

Harry reaches the first of the two northern cairns on Mellbreak. We are up at cloud level now.

The gentle breeze clears the visibility and Hen Comb appears across the Mosedale Valley.

Behind, and still in the cloud, will be Starling Dodd and Great Borne.

Not a long walk this lunchtime and we cut down from the mid point of the fell and traverse back to our start point of the climb under the northern end.

This is the panorama from Loweswater round to Lorton with Darling Fell and Low Fell in the centre.

Back past the Kirkstile Inn and nearly home.

 

We just had one last task, that is to pop in and see how the sales of the "Lost Sheep" were going.

There are a few copies still left on sale at the bar, and a few pounds for the Mountain Rescue Team to be collected from the money box.

Not had yours yet ? Click here.

 

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Previous walk - 12th May 2007 Tarn Crag with Chris, Jo and Terry

A previous time up here - 7th May 2006 Melbreak and Scale Force with the OFC