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" Up and Over Mellbreak "

Date & start time:      11th and 15th May 2021.

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

Places visited :          Crummock Water and walk two - Mellbreak.

Walk details :              4.5 mls, 1500 ft of ascent, 1 hours 15 mins.

Highest point :           Centre of Mellbreak,  1452 ft - 447m

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

Weather :                    Sunshine (11th) and overcast (15th).

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Two walks both local, but they are as different as chalk and cheese.

The first is a sunny day and a gentle walk finds me enjoying the colour and scenes of the valley.

A second walk a few days later, the weather has changed and an idle thought takes me higher, much higher.

Loweswater's St Bartholomew's Church, seen across the field walls close to home.

The northern end of Mellbreak, seen above the pink cherry tree and red door of Low Park.

High Park has a Grade 2 listed exterior, its mullioned windows reflecting the age of the house.

The fence on Sandy Yatt beach leads the eye over the deeper waters of Crummock Water.

The bare trunks of the trees closer to the weir have an almost surreal aspect at times.

After recent rains the water levels are high once again . . .
. . . and the fish ladder is full to overflowing.

When the May weather was good it was very good.

Back across the fields to the cottage, dogs exercised today if not actually worn out !

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However, when the weather is not so good . . . the sky becomes bland and the colours merge.

I had been reading Ian Tyler's book on local mining and he mentioned a trial lead mine on the side of Mellbreak.

However he says it is very small and only worth looking for if you've got nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon !

Well, I was walking the dogs from the cottage towards Ling Crag on the opposite shore and spotted what thought might be a spoil heap.

The 15th of May was actually a Saturday and yes, I didn't have anything better to do, so I changed my objective

and headed up the steep slope in the direction of the red dots I've added to the picture.

Well I climbed up to what might have been the top of a spoil heap, but in fact it turned out to be just a stream-washed stone scree.

Still, the view from this far up the fell side turned out to be rather good, even though I only had my mobile phone to record the pictures.

Now I was so far up that I decided to keep going . . . upward !

The view of the scree, now some distance below me.
The vegetation meant that the climbing up was relatively easy.

I aimed for a slight gully, picking my way between the rocks and the bilberry bushes.

The dogs lead me onward and upward.
The top of the gully is in sight.

I'll have to call this view the "peep over the edge" rather than the "peep round the corner".

I had climbed the side of the fell close to the Mellbreak Pinnacles, an area of the fell I don't normally get to,

so I decided to walk over to view them while I was here.

A gully down leads to an unusual collection of rocks . . .
. . . that stand out from the slopes of the fell.

A grassy green ledge and slight sheep track descend behind the pinnacles.

The views down to Crummock Water are quite dramatic and some of the rocks were wide enough to climb.

Between the crags were deep ravines.
Time to turn and head back up to the top.

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There was the option to descend but that would

involve some serious scree running

so I decided to back-track

before I dropped much lower down the fell side.


The dogs led the way back up the track.



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Feeling tired but relaxed after the interesting ascent

I thought I might keep it simple and descended the opposite side of the hause, using the transverse path down into Mosedale.

A gently descending path crosses Mellbreak's equally steep western slopes and gradually leads you down into the valley.

Not far from home now.

As I walked down the track below Harry's Pool the sounds of the cuckoo filled the air.  It was perched on the adjacent tree.

I opened the phone camera once again and took a quick picture of it . . . can you see it in the centre of the photo ?

Okay it had left the branch of the first tree and was away behind the second by the time I managed to press the shutter.

But it was, unmistakably, a rare sighting of a cuckoo . . . honest !

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Hello Roger,

Fascinating post about the Mellbreak mine search! Perhaps on future walks, you will locate the old mine entrances. I dug around a bit online, after reading your comments. Sounds like there were exploratory digs on "both sides" of Mellbreak?

Trial levels on east and west sides of Mellbreak

Loweswater Lead Mine / Kirkgill Wood Mine / Batey's Cave, lead mine

You may recall that I farm in SW Wisconsin in the old Lead District. In its heyday, there were lots of lead mines , some of which are marked on this 1829 map

I think about you and the family often, and was so happy to see your post about the garden memorial near Ann's favorite swing. The recent posts about Rannerdale bluebells reminded me that you wrote the family planned a memorial and placement of her ashes at Rannerdale
(Knotts) at a future date (19th July this year). What a fitting resting place for a woman who so loved the bluebell valley. Wishing you many happy memories among the understandably difficult days.

Sincerely, Margaret H.  SW Wisconsin. (Great Lakes) USA.

Full marks for searching the 'net internationally.  It is amazing what you can find . . . RmH

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Camera.

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

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