Low Fell

Low Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Low Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 31st December 2015

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, 2 Davids, Tom, Rob and Sarah

Distance: 4.0 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Fair start, but turned appalling

This is the 500th walk to appear on Andrew’s Walks, and I’d hoped it would be a memorable one and so it was – but for the wrong reasons

We parked in the layby outside Thackthwaite and turned right to follow the path out of the village leading up the slopes of Low Fell

The weather was fair during the early part of the climb and there were good views back over Lorton Vale

As we rounded a corner to climb to the summit ridge it started raining and by the time we reached the ridge the rain was torrential, and turned to sleet and hail. This was made worse by a gale force wind making progress difficult. Having struggled as far as the north top of the fell we decided to abandon the walk and return the way we’d come

The south top was only a few minutes walk away but the normally sublime views from there would have been non-existent, so we’d made the right choice

We arrived back soaked, but feeling better for some fresh air and exercise

The camera has to be stowed away for much of the walk, and the photos that follow were taken in dull conditions

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