Crummock Water

Crummock Water

Route: Crummock Water

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 18th July 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 350 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some rain, brighter at the end

Another day of mixed weather made route planning difficult, so I decided to head over to Crummock Water and check out the conditions. If good, then I’d circuit the lake but if not I’d shorten the walk. I parked as usual in the National Trust car park at Scalehill Bridge and followed the track through Lanthwaite Wood to the foot of the lake. It’s always a thrill to emerge from the woodland to the wonderful view from here. I then set off in an anti clockwise direction along the lakeshore path, crossing the bridges over the River Cocker at its source

On reaching the foot of Mellbreak it was decision time. A circuit of the lake is quite lengthy – about 8 miles – and once committed to this there’s no way back apart from returning the same way. A heavy shower and dark clouds made my mind up. With some reluctance I turned away from the lake and climbed up to Green Wood at the north end of Mellbreak. From here I followed the path through the small settlement of Low Park. As I did so the weather improved and I wished I’d persevered with the full circuit of the lake

Beyond Lowpark the rest of the return journey is along tarmac, but these are quiet and unfrequented lanes and there’s little or no traffic. An easy stroll brought me onto the Buttermere road, which I followed for a few yards before arriving back at the car park to end an enjoyable little outing. A walk featuring the full circuit of the lake can be viewed by following this link

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