Low Fell

Low Fell

Route: Low Fell 

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk:  15th April 2017

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 4.5 miles

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells, windy and cold on top

We only had time for a short walk today and wanted to go somewhere high in beauty but at the same time avoid the Easter bank holiday crowds – Low Fell would fit the bill perfectly.  We’ve been up here dozens of times and never tire of it

We started from our usual place, a 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 we soon gained the north top, but it would be a major omission to turn back here.

The views are good from the 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 we retraced our steps back to the start

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