Western Lake District

Route: Mellbreak

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 1st January 2017

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, two Davids and Frances

Distance: 5.9 miles

Weather: Sunny, very cold and windy higher up

Last night’s New Year celebrations resulted in a late start to the day, and so we decided on a local walk. Mellbreak would be a perfect choice as it would enable our nephew David and his girlfriend Frances to tick off another Wainwright. Having left one car in Buttermere we started the walk from Church Bridge near the famous Kirkstile Inn

After walking along the track to Mosedale for a few minutes we turned off at the firebreak in the wood and started the stiff climb up the nose of the fell. There are some very steep sections where loose scree impedes progress but eventually we emerged huffing and puffing at the north top

A very squelchy walk across the saddle of the fell followed, ending at the southern top of Mellbreak, from where there are lovely views of Crummock Water and Buttermere

We then descended to the head of lonely Mosedale and followed the very juicy path beside Scale Beck and the shore of Crummock Water, and from there into Buttermere village for a reunion at the Bridge Inn with our other nephew Tom and girlfriend Chrissy – a great end to a great walk

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