Low Fell

Low Fell

Route: Low Fell 

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 30th March 2024

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Lucy, Jody, Phoebe and Bobby

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny 

Low Fell is one of my favourite places and the fell which I chose for my 1,000th Wainwright ascent in May 2018

Our grandchildren Phoebe and Bobby were staying with us over the Easter holidays and I was keen to introduce them to the joys of fellwalking – this would be their first fell, hopefully the first of many to come

We parked as usual 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 next to Thackthwaite Farm and followed a rocky lane uphill. This leads out onto the fields and from here the obvious route follows 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 arrived on on the ridge line, heading south with ever improving views along the way. We followed the path along the undulating ridge to the north top. Having achieved his first Wainwright summit, young Bobby decided it was ‘job done’ at this point so our party split up and Jody, Phoebe and I carried on to the south top, about 10 minutes further along the ridge. There’s a cairn just below the south top, at the very end of the ridge, and from here it’s possible to enjoy one of the finest views in lakeland. 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 scene and, suitably inspired, we turned back to join the rest of our party on the north top and from there we retraced steps back to the start

For a longer route, which also takes in Darling Fell and Loweswater click here and for a steep direct route descent click here

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