Western Lake District

Route: Mellbreak

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 15th March 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

Weather: sun and blue skies

I parked in the small parking space by Church Bridge, just beyond the Kirkstile Inn, and walked towards Mellbreak along the lane. Seen from this approach, the fell looks like a pyramid and its north face appears quite formidable.

After leaving the lane and climbing up the initial grassy slopes, I came to the steep scree section which is at times is a case of two steps up, one step down. The retrospective views over Loweswater and Lorton Vale were wonderful.

I eventually emerged, panting, at the north top and then made the easy but ever juicy walk across the saddle to the south top ¾ mile away. The views from there even more wondrous than those from the north top.

I descended in the direction of Scale Force and then followed Scale Beck to the shore of Crummock Water. After walking along the shore of the lake, with Mellbreak towering above to my left, I climbed up towards Flass Wood and made my way back to the start via High Park and Low Park. It was a wonderful walk, all the better for some sun and blue sky, and although today was not the official start of spring it certainly felt like it

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