Low Fell

Route: Low Fell 

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk:  16th July 2017

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.5 miles

Weather: Mixed sun and clouds

Low Fell is one of my favourite places in the Lake District, recently awarded World Heritage status. I’ve been up here dozens of times and never tire of the superlative views

As usual I started from the small layby just outside the village of Thackthwaite.  After walking into the village I turned off the lane and followed a stony path, quite overgrown at first but gradually opening out onto fields. I then joined the drove road above the intake wall,  which has lovely views towards Crummock Water, but which gradually disappear as the final push to the summit ridge is made. Once on the ridge the north top is soon gained, but it would be a major omission to turn back here

The views are good from the caairn on the north top, but in order to enjoy the main attraction of the fell it’s necessary to continue further along the ridge to the south top from where, in the words of Alfred Wainwright, ‘the view is of classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness…a scene of lakes and mountains arranged to perfection’.

AW’s words are no exaggeration and having gained the south top and gazed in awe for a while I retraced my steps back to the start

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