Low Fell

Fellbarrow

Route: Fellbarrow, Low Fell and Darling Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 14th May 2022

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, David and Becca

Distance: 6.4 miles

Ascent: 1,600 feet

Weather: Sunny but hazy

The Fellbarrow to Low Fell ridge is a long one and extends along much of the western side of Lorton Vale. Low Fell is a favourite of mine and although I was here quite recently (click here for that walk) I could never tire of the fell and the superlative view from it. We decided to vary the normal route today by including Fellbarrow, which would enable our nephew David to tick off another Wainwright 

As this is a linear walk, we parked one car at the western end of Loweswater, where there is plenty of roadside parking. We then drove over in the other car to Low Lorton and parked near the bridge over the River Cocker. We followed the lane out of the village and branched off left to join the old Mosser Road, which is unfit for cars but provides a good springboard onto the slopes of Whin Fell below Fellbarrow. After a short easy climb we forked off left to join a track heading uphill along the early part of the ridge. Below Hatteringill Head we turned right uphill along a path beside a ruined dry stone wall. After climbing a ladder stile we were soon at the summit of Fellbarrow, marked by an OS trig point and a small cairn. The views were very hazy unfortunately

We continued along the undulating ridge towards Low Fell, enjoying the ever improving views of Crummock Water along the way and, after an easy climb, we reached a cairn which marks the north top of Low Fell. Anyone who stops here is missing a treat – to appreciate the beauty of the fell it’s necessary to carry on to a small cairn at the extreme end of the ridge, just below the south top. From here, 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’. Having enjoyed the scene we retraced our steps for a short distance and then made the energy sapping descent and re-ascent to Darling Fell, from where the views are almost as good as those from Low Fell

The descent from Darling Fell to Loweswater was a delight, as we savoured the views of the lake and the anticipation of a pint of Loweswater Gold at the famous Kirkstile Inn

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