Low Fell

Low Fell

Route: Low Fell 

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk:  17th June 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: Sunny 

There was only time for a short fell walk today, and we could think of no better destination than Low Fell, one of our favourite places and the fell which I chose for my 1,000th Wainwright ascent in May 2018.

We were fortunate to find room in one of the few roadside spaces outside the small settlement of Thackthwaite on the west side of Lorton Vale. We walked into the village and turned right at a signpost between the houses, following a rocky lane uphill. This leads out onto the fields and from here we followed a line of old oak trees up to the intake wall. There are lovely retrospective views from here.

On reaching the intake wall we turned right to follow a grassy path which curves around the fellside into a small raised valley, where the views are lost – this is a rather dreary section in truth, but it’s soon over and before long we were on the ridge line, heading south with ever improving views along the way

Anyone visiting Low Fell for the first time should not stop at the north top, but should continue to the very end of the ridge where there is a cairn 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’. It was a wonderful sight and exactly as described by the master fellwaker

The only defect in routes up Low Fell is that there are no satisfactory routes off it if there’s only time for a short circular walk. It is possible to descend from the top directly into Lorton Vale, but it’s a horribly steep route and not to be recommended, and so we simply retraced our steps back to the start, which was no hardship on a day such as this

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