Route: Mellbreak

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 30th March 2018

Walkers: Andrew and James 

Distance: 4.9 miles

Ascent: 1,700 feet

Weather: Cloudy, improving at the end

We parked at Church Bridge near the Kirkstile Inn and walked along the lane past Kirkgate Farm. At a small wood we left the lane to walk up a firebreak in the trees, and this brought us onto the nursery slopes of Mellbreak. The initial grassy climb flatters to deceive and before long the path turns into loose stone and the gradient becomes very steep. At times it’s a case of two steps forward, one step back. It’s a thrilling climb though with no real dangers

We emerged at the north top of Mellbreak, which is marked by two small cairns. There are tremendous views back over Loweswater and Lorton Vale from here. We then followed the path across squelchy terrain to the south top, which is an easy tramp. We walked a few yards beyond the summit cairn in order to enjoy an improved view to the head of Buttermere

It was then time to consider the rest of the route. The usual way would be to descend to Scale Beck and return along the shore of Crummock Water. I’ve done that numerous times and by way of a change we decided to retrace our steps to the saddle between the south and north tops, and descend into Mosedale down a path which we’d noticed earlier and which is shown on the OS maps. It was a clear and obvious path, quite steep at times, and it brought us down to the easy path running along lonely Mosedale. We followed this path back to the foot of Mellbreak, joining up with our original ascent path, and from here we retraced our steps back to the start, enjoying some lovely weather as we did so. A visit to the famous Kirkstile Inn for lunchtime ‘refreshments’ rounded off a perfect morning

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