Low Fell

Low Fell

Route: Low Fell and Darling Fell

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk:  31st January 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: Sunny, snow on the tops

For the second day running we awoke to sun and blue skies, with plenty of snow showing the fells at their best. It didn’t take us long to agree on Low Fell for today’s walk. This is one of my favourite places and the fell which I chose for my 1,000th Wainwright ascent last May.

We parked as usual in one of the few roadside spaces outside the little village of Thackthwaite. We walked into the village and turned right at a signpost between the houses, following the rocky lane uphill. The 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 and the winter sunlight 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

The views from the ridge get better and better, and 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’. These words described the scene perfectly today

From here we retraced our steps for a short distance, and then turned left to follow the line of a fence descending quite steeply and then re-ascending to Darling Fell. This is not a Wainwright, although the views from the summit are almost as good as those from Low Fell. Next we headed down in the direction of Askill Knott and on reaching the fence descended to the old Mosser Road. The remainder of the walk was mostly along tarmac but it wasn’t an issue as these are quiet country lanes with lovely views all around. We hardly saw any traffic, and in the course of 7 miles only saw three other walkers. It was a wonderful walk, and one which we could never tire of

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