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" Mellbreak and the Kestrels "

Date & start time:      4th October 2020.  2.15 pm start.

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

Places visited :          Kirk Head Farm, Mellbreak (north top), the traverse path back down.

Walk details :              3.75 mls, 1325 ft of ascent, 2 hour round trip.

Highest point :           Mellbreak north summit,  1,666 ft - 509 m. (3m lower than the true top)

Walked with :             Myself and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    Blue skies with summer clouds, lovely warm sunshine.

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My younger brother Stephen and his wife Elaine have called by for a few nights

on their way home from a caravan holiday in North Wales.  A short walk on the Saturday took us to Spout Force near Whinlatter.

Just the one photo from their visit, "for the record" as our dad used to say !

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Sunday 4th October was another lovely day, we seem to have had quite a few this year, so I took the opportunity

to give the dogs a slightly longer walk with added vertical challenge, climbing Mellbreak for just the second time this year.

Apart from the folk in the pub beer garden, a couple on the track and two in the distance on the summit

it was just ourselves, the sheep and the wild life out enjoying the sunshine

Summer days . . . in October !

Views are clear all the way to the head of the Buttermere Valley

and beyond to Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable on the skyline.

The object of desire today . . . Mellbreak north top, via the direct ascent.

The Kirkstile Inn seen across the churchyard.
St Bartholomew's East window, Loweswater.

It's not actually his window, but you know what I mean !

Sunny beer garden weather, but after all it's October and jackets are preferred by those sitting out.

Current rules allow table service only so beer garden customers have their drinks brought out on request . . . that's posh !

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I try to think of different photos

when I walk locally, so as to add interest

and make the photography more rewarding for me.



However there are some photos that just need taking each time,

especially if the lighting conditions are right.



Here the dogs turn and wait for the old man

as we make out way past Kirkhead Farm

and on up the lane towards Mosedale.



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Bright sunshine contrasts with the shade of a passing cloud, as I look across to the Low Park houses towards Crummock Water.

The short, steep climb up through the fire break leads out onto the open fell.

Not mushroom for people up here !

Moving on . . . and up.

The steeper climb of Mellbreak's northern ascent is ahead.

[ If you're walking this way try and avoid the main scree as much as possible as it is easier to zig-zag and causes less erosion.]

Suddenly above me not one, but two birds of prey . . . my first thought was that they were peregrines.

However as they circles and hovered . . .
. . . their fluttering was unmistakably kestrel.

That kestrel's eye view of the Lorton Valley

though I have a feeling his sight was keener and more directed to the ground immediately below him.

My eye was drawn as ever to Loweswater and the distant view of Scotland beyond the Solway.

Mountain bear . . .

No . . . just Dylan exploring off-piste.

Looking at the Low Park houses once again

but this time from high up from the ominously named "Dropping Crag".

Deep contrast next door . . . the houses of High Park are captured by the shadows of this steep but lovely mountain ascent.

I'm standing on the flatter section of shadow, just to the left of the notch.

Wainwright's slight diversion to see the view.
Fleetwith Pike from his "Peep round the Corner"

Dougal has carried a stick up all the way from the woods. 

Just for fun (and if it works for you) try pin-pointing where he dropped it.   Bear in mind Dylan also could be looking with envious eyes !

 Hold your cursor over the right hand picture to see if you guessed correctly.  

[ P.s.  don't mark a cross on the screen . . . it is so difficult to get it off afterwards.]

Onward and upward

and as we do the view gets more extensive.

Seemingly up level with the cloud line.
Fleetwith from the flatter ground near the top of the climb.

The old White Oak Lead Mines, seen on the spur between the White Oak and High Nook valleys.

The "question mark" sheep fold below us in the Mosedale Valley.

The level path above the stream is another old lead mine track, this time to the old workings in the Mosedale Valley itself.

At the summit now.

You can just make out the lead mines to the left of the picture, on the spur between ourselves and Carling Knott.

The summit view this fine day.

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Very few people about considering the crowds of recent days.

Perhaps the nice weather has encouraged all the other walkers to go for the higher fells.

I spoke to one guy on the way up and saw this couple and their dog in the distance, heading for the southern and true summit.

Apart from that there was no-one about.

We divert from the path half way along the ridge and head down the fellside towards home.

On past descents I've stayed on the main path for longer but a new trodden path seemingly heads directly down to the dry gully.

( I descended here 30 yards to the slight rock step and then took the traversing path above the step and headed off to the right.)

From here the sun is at such an angle

that it sparkles on the Mosedale Beck and the standing water on the Ennerdale bridleway track.

" Are you up here to enjoy our fell too ? "

As we walk towards it, what appeared to be one turns out to be two Herdwick sheep

which then move from the path and allow us to continue on our way.

The view from this steep sided fell of the famous Mosedale Holly Tree.
Ahead to a more diminutive mountain ash, as the lake comes back into view.

The path gradually descends but so does the valley.

As a consequence you don't seem to be getting nearer your desire objective, that of the track below.

Lower down, this Swaledale deserved to be photographed too.

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Once the diagonal path across the side of the fell

clears the screes of the western slopes,

we take a turn down through the grass and dying bracken,

descending more rapidly to

reach the track that leads us back towards the Kirkstile.



The dogs seem to appreciate the fact

that recent rains have increased the standing water

that gathers in a dip in the track.


Dylan is actually sitting down, apparently to cool off,

but Dougal has none of it and races up and down,

ready to move on.



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Darling Fell and Low Fell fill the picture as we head back past "Harry's Pool".

Just follow the yellow brick road . . . the track between the walls . . . and we'll soon be home to the cottage,

seen here in this final photo of the day.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

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