Low Fell

Low Fell and Loweswater

Route: Low Fell and Loweswater

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 1st August 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.7 miles

Ascent: 2,000 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, warm

Today’s Plan A was Haystacks, but as I drove over in that direction the fells were shrouded in thick cloud. In contrast the fells further west were bathed in sunshine. Time for a re-think. It didn’t take me long to come up with Plan B – Low Fell and Loweswater. I hadn’t decided on the precise route yet, and would make it up on the hoof, depending on weather conditions. I parked as usual in the small layby just outside Thackthwaite. After walking into the village I turned right to follow the signed path uphill. There are good views back over Lorton Vale during this early section of the walk

I soon arrived on the undulating ridge of Low Fell. The views from here are wonderful all the way along, but the very best vantage point is at the furthest end. Anyone who turns back when reaching the north summit cairn is missing the whole point of the walk. The view from the cairn just below the south summit is described by Wainwright as a ‘view of classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness…..a scene of lakes and mountains arranged to perfection’. Although I’ve been up here many times, I never tire of this scene and stood here in awe for some time taking in the view, before reluctantly turning away to retrace my steps for a short distance

The next fell, Darling Fell, is not a Wainwright although in some ways it deserves to be, as the views from here rival those from Low Fell. However, it’s a steep descent and an energy sapping ascent before they can be enjoyed. From here I descended west, with hazy views of the Irish Sea in the distance. The path shown on the OS map does not accurately record the location of the path on the ground, but there are no navigation difficulties and route finding is straightforward

I eventually arrived at the old Mosser Road. From here it would be quicker to walk along the lane beside Loweswater, but I preferred to take the longer route around the far shore of the lake. I followed the path through Holme Wood and on reaching Watergate Farm followed the track to the small car park at Maggie’s Bridge

From this point the remainder of the return journey was along quiet country lanes. This didn’t detract from the enjoyment in any way – there was hardly any traffic at all, perhaps 3 cars in as many miles, and there are some lovely views along the way. It was a wonderful way to end a wonderful walk

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