Low Fell

Low Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Low Fell and The Kirkstile Inn

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 8th March 2014

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and Ellie

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

We parked just outside Thackthwaite and when we arrived in the village we turned right along the path up the slopes of Low Fell. The views are usually superb along the way but it was overcast and visibility wasn’t particularly good

Our intention had been to go to the top and retrace our steps but as we walked a cunning plan formed in my mind – instead of walking back to the start, we’d descend to Loweswater, pay a visit to the Kirkstile Inn for ‘refreshments’ and get a lift back to the house from Ellie’s parents who were staying with us for the weekend. The chairman A Locking put this motion to the board of directors (G Locking and E Parrish) and it was carried unanimously and without debate. Excellent!

We still had to get to the top of Low Fell and this was a real struggle in the face of a gale force wind. Ellie had to crawl on hands and knees to touch the summit cairn. We’d normally have lingered here for a while to savour the fantastic views, but this wasn’t possible today. We beat a hasty retreat and made our way down to Loweswater and the Kirkstile, where we enjoyed some refreshing Loweswater Gold. Dizzy’s Taxis arrived bang on time to take us back to base. What a great walk and though I say so myself what a good plan

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