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" Mellbreak with Richard & Peter "
Date & start time: Thursday 8th August 2017, 11.30 am.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Mellbreak north and south tops, Low Ling Crag and back.
Walk details : 5.6 miles, 1800 feet of ascent, 3 hours 30 mins.
Highest point : Mellbreak 1664 ft - 512 m.
Walked with : Myself (Dylan) plus friends of the family, Richard and Peter (Chilvers).
Weather : I found it nice . . . but they found it wet at times.
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Our two visitors at the end of the week were Richard (who we've walked with before) and Peter his son (whom we haven't).
On their first afternoon we took a stroll to the lake, then next day Dylan led them on an ascent of our local fell.
Ann, Richard and Peter down at the shore of Crummock Water.
Not the best week for weather . . . it has rained at some point every day since the Loweswater Show last Sunday.
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On Friday Richard and Peter expressed a wish to climb Mellbreak but Ann was commited elsewhere
and I deferred on the climb (I'm still on light-ish duties).
We provided them with a mountain guide and a bag of dog treats and they set off to see the world.
This report is therefore made up entirely of Peter's pictures.
The start of the walk at the red phone box . . . grid ref NY 143 211.
Ahead was their object of desire . . . Mellbreak.
Off road and off lead . . . I thought I might let Dylan tell this story . . . then I changed my mind.
Climbing high above Loweswater.
Peter at the "peep round the corner" . . . Wainwright's recommended view with Buttermere in the distance.
An aerial view of the fields of Loweswater
with the Church and the Kirkstile Inn on the left, the woods of Scale Hill and the river on the right.
Dylan checks out the heather . . . it is well past its best now.
The hard climb done . . . a short walk now to the northern summit.
A sudden roar announced the arrival of the American Air Force
who raced up the valley and executed a tight turn between Mellbreak and Hen Comb.
The fast turn and the speed generated vapour trails from the wingtips of the McDonnell Douglas F-15.
and there he was . . . gone !
But we find they often travel in pairs . . .
A second F15 roars up the valley and takes the same route, passing Loweswater in the background.
More vapour trails as he turns sharply over the flanks of Hen Comb.
Peace and quiet had returned to the fells by the time everyone reached the summit.
I suggested in advance that Dylan might like a dog treat at the summit . . . it seems I was right.
A chance for the cameraman to have his photo taken by Peter this time.
( Dylan passed on trying to take a picture of the two together.)
Apparently it was very windy and cold on top, not helped by several fast moving rain showers . . . the picture seems to reflect that !
After those couple of rain showers they were back down at lake level.
This was the view up the lake towards Fleetwith Pike, Brandreth and the first crags of Haystacks.
They felt they were making slow progress . . . due to the weather and the conditions underfoot.
Ahead was Low Ling Crag . . .
Dry weather once again as they walked across the beach to the high ground at the end.
Dylan searching for sticks for Peter to throw . . . but no trees means no sticks . . . sorry.
The view back as they leave Ling Crag.
As time was getting on and as it had been a damp day their walk finished at Low Park Bridge.
Harry and I picked them up and took them back to the cottage,
so that they could relax and have plenty of time for a shower before our evening meal at the Kirkstile.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a table booked for 7.15pm.
Previous event - 3rd September 2017 - The Loweswater Show 2017
A previous time up here - 31st May 2015 - Mellbreak Remembered
Next walk - 9th September 2017 - A Friend from afar - Helen