Low Fell

Route: Low Fell 

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk:  24th November 2017

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, James and Nicola 

Distance: 4.5 miles

Weather: Sunny at first, then clouded over with some hail

Low Fell is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. I’ve been up here dozens of times (3 dozen to be precise) and never tire of the superlative views

We started from the small layby just outside the village of Thackthwaite.  After walking into the village we turned off the lane and followed a stony path, quite overgrown at first but gradually opening out onto fields. We 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 cairn 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 we retraced our steps back to the start in deteriorating weather

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