Western Lake District

Route: Mellbreak

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 15th August 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Weather: Clouds and bright patches, some light rain at start

We parked in the small parking space by Church Bridge, just beyond the Kirkstile Inn, and walked towards Mellbreak along the lane. Seen from here, the fell looks like a pyramid and the north face appears quite formidable. This was to be the 11th time we’ve climbed Mellbreak, and we’ve always followed the same route – from north to south (so as to keep the best views in front) and then back along the shore of Crummock Water

After leaving the lane and climbing up the initial grassy slopes, we came to the scree section and from this point onwards the going was very steep and laborious but there were no real difficulties

We emerged panting at the north top and then made the easy but very squelchy walk to the south top ¾ mile away. The views from there were superb

We descended in the direction of Scale Force and as we neared the shore of Crummock Water we had a chance encounter with some fellow walkers – an amazing coincidence, about which more later

After walking along the shore of the lake, with Mellbreak towering above us, we walked past Highpark and Lowpark and thanks to some good planning were able to celebrate the end of a great walk at the famous Kirkstile Inn

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