Low Fell

Low Fell

Route: Low Fell and Darling Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 8th July 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.8 miles

Ascent: 1,400 feet

Weather: Sunny at first but soon clouded over

Low Fell is one of our favourites in the district, and we’ve been up here over 40 times. As today’s walk would be a linear route, we left one car at the end point of the walk and then drove over in the other car to the start – a small layby just outside the village of Thackthwaite. After walking into the village we turned right to follow the signed path uphill. There are good views back over Lorton Vale during this early section of the walk

We soon arrived on the undulating ridge of Low Fell. The views from here are wonderful all the way along, but sadly the weather had deteriorated by now and the light was flat and insipid. The best vantage point is at the furthest end. Anyone who turns back when reaching the north summit cairn is missing the whole point of the walk. The view from the cairn just below the south summit is described by Wainwright as a ‘view of classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness…..a scene of lakes and mountains arranged to perfection’. The light today gave us no reason to linger at the summit, but click here to see the views in better conditions

After retracing our steps from the summit for a short distance, we made the energy sapping steep descent and re-ascent up neighbouring Darling Fell. Darling Fell is not a Wainwright, although in some ways it deserves to be as the views from here rival those from Low Fell. However the light was still flat so without ado we descended west, with views of the Irish Sea and the hills of Scotland in the distance. The public footpath marked on the OS map does not accurately record the location of the path on the ground, but there are no navigation difficulties and route finding is straightforward

We eventually arrived at the old Mosser Road and descended down it to the Loweswater road. For anyone who prefers a circular route, it’s a very pleasant stroll back to Thackthwaite along quiet country lanes, or alternatively Loweswater could be included in the round – click here for the route

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