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"  Mellbreak and a Swim "

Date & start time:    Monday 19th June 2017,   2.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

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

Places visited :         Mellbreak (north top), Harry's Pool, then Crummock lakeside at Cinderdale.

Walk details :             3.65 mls, 1350 ft, about 2 hrs including a dip, then a second short walk later.

Highest point :          Mellbreak North Top 1654 ft ( 509m).

Walked with :             With Dylan first walk then Ann and both dogs for the second.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies.

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Called 'Mellbreak and a Swim' but this entry also details a shorter walk for Harry along the shores of Crummock Water.

As he recovers from his tummy upset he is walking further though his leg is still a problem.

The first walk for Dylan was an attempt to wear him out . . . no chance of that.

The walk started at the red phone box . . . or close to it anyway.

Our object of desire was the north summit of Mellbreak across the way.

'Tis the season of foxgloves . . .
. . . and in our local wood some new season fungi.

Along the track near Kirkhead Farm . . . a glimpse of sunny Grasmoor through the trees.

The wider view on this hot, sunny day includes Whiteside and Whiteless Pike.

The local farmer has started to rebuild the collapsed wall where the surface water from the lane drains away.

Summer and the cows are out enjoying the weather.

Sadly they spend the half the year indoors as they can soon trample and ruin the grass fields on the wetter days of winter,

then there would be less grazing for them and the sheep next season.

Surprise . . . a bright patch of purple heather adorns the slopes of Mellbreak

as we reach the start of the steep, stoney section of the climb.


Dylan, bounding away after his Scafell Pike climb,

slowed his progress time-wise by having a roll

in his favourite boggy pool at the foot of the climb.


Well at least it will keep him a little cooler today.


At the two thirds point of the climb there's chance to " peep round the corner " towards Buttermere.

The heather clad path up here has grown over as most folk tend to use the scree section above.

Hazy views to Scotland today . . . strange to think that our holiday at Achiltibuie was a ten hour drive north from here.

Scotland is a big place with some delightfully slow roads.

Before you know it we've reached the top . . . there's Buttermere again but with a different foreground.

It has been a hot climb as the breeze is warm and the rays of the sun are hardly deflected by the high cloud.

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Time to show you the view . . . larger if you click the link below or the thumbnail above.

Click here or on the photo above for a Loweswatercam 360 degree annotated panorama.

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You are so far removed from valley life up here on the fells

that you can often imagine you are somewhere else . . .

was that a text message I heard arriving to my mobile phone ?


I could imagine I was in a different land

but I certainly couldn't walk that far in the time we took to climb the fell.


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Dylan ran ahead as he knew of another cooling pool

but by the expression on his face it was deeper than he thought . . . welcome to what we know as " Tom's Pool ".

Our descent from the fell was by the traversing path down from the centre of the fell.

There's just one tree in the Mosedale Valley  and this is a picture of it.

Looking the other way . . . following the river down towards Harry's Pool and the track back to the Kirkstile.

The bracken has grown but this white Eyebright flower seems to have thrived too.

The higher bracken meant the descent to the path was trickier than a few months back

but the sunshine and warm weather has warmed the river to the point that it was a delight to pop in for a swim in the pool afterwards.

Dylan  for some reason  declined . . . I don't think he's keen on the deep water and the waterfall.

Never mind . . . he's clean enough after his walk.
Still plenty of energy to lead the way home.

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Later in the afternoon Ann decided that Harry and she would both like a walk too.

It's two days to the longest day so there's plenty of sunshine at 5.30pm for an enjoyable and sunny second walk.

We parked just short of the Cinderdale car park (near Rannerdale) and crossed through the gate

for a walk in the fields and woodland next to Crummock Water.

The road is wide enough here to park four or five cars easily.

Grasmoor again, but this time closer.
Harry is walking better, especially on the grassy areas.

Photos are an opportunity for him to sit down for a while.

The longer he takes to look round at the camera . . . the longer the sit he can have !

His favourite is still to get down to the water where he can sit and cool his underside.

Crossing the bridge . . . beware of the big, bad troll underneath.

The gate to Fletcher Field once again . . . back at the car after a successful second dog walk.

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Supper al-fresco . . . even at quarter to seven in the evening.

It is so warm that I seem to have brought out the wine cooler for the red wine . . . to reduce it to room temperature !

Better pop it back in after I've taken the photo.

Not a bad view from this establishment . . .

our new neighbour will have to put up with the same once he has finished all his re-building work.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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A previous time up here - 8th July 2008 Mellbreak Backwards

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