Low Fell

Low Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Low Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 8th July 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: Cloudy but plenty of sunny spells, very clear

We only had time for a short local walk today thanks to miserable weather earlier in the day – Low Fell would fit the bill perfectly. We’ve been up here dozens of times and never tire of it

We started from our usual place, a small layby just outside the village of Thackthwaite. After walking into the village we turned off the lane and followed a stony path, quite overgrown at first but gradually opening out onto fields. We then joined the drove road above the intake wall which has lovely views towards Crummock Water, but which gradually disappear as the final push to the summit ridge is made

Once on the ridge we soon gained the north top, but it would be a major omission to turn back here. The views are good, but in order to enjoy the main attraction of the fell it’s necessary to continue further along the ridge to a cairn just below the south top from where, 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’

AW’s words are no exaggeration and having gained the south top and gazed in silent awe for a while we retraced our steps back to the start

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