Crummock Water from Low Fell

Low Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Low Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 20th May 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.6 miles

Weather: Sunny with some cloud, windy on top

I parked just before Thackthwaite and on entering the village took the path uphill, helpfully signposted ‘Low Fell’. The path is an easy one to follow and the views back over Lorton Vale and over to Crummock Water improve as height is gained. The path snakes round the side of the fell and then zig zags up to the summit ridge

The walk along the ridge is a walk in heaven with wonderful views all the way. The best view of all is from the far end of the ridge, just below the southern cairn, and is described by Wainwright as a ‘view of classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness…a scene of mountains arranged to perfection’

His words are no exaggeration and I stood in awe for some moments until the bitterly cold wind got the better of me. I decided to descend down the northern face of the fell, the only reason being that I’ve not done this before, despite having climbed Low Fell nearly 30 times. I knew the route would be steep, so the steepness came as no surprise, but it was an unpleasant few minutes – not life threatening in any way, but not a route I’d use again

After reaching a more sensible gradient near the bottom, I followed the path to Foulsyke, which enjoys a fabulous view – nearly as good as that from Low Fell itself – then walked along the quiet lane back to Thackthwaite

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