Spring Walks 2017 Mellbreak From Loweswater Village, Sunday April 30th 2017

Reporter: Nigel Koenen

11 club members, Dave & Vanessa Miller, Brian & Catherine Beardsall, Steve Wardle, Andrew Walker, David Shepherd, Liz Moore, Paul Prentice, Brian Richardson, & Nigel Koenen plus 2 dogs left the national trust car park below Scale Hill about 1 km North East of Loweswater Village at approx 11.00am, for an ascent of MELLBREAK FELL via the western shore of CRUMMOCK WATER.

The route headed a little east of south through Lanthwaite wood down to the north shore of Crummock Water; and then followed its western shore to the gap between Mellbreak and Red Pike.

Here the route turned west along the northern flank of the valley below Scale Knott and along to the south west corner of Mellbreak; from where we climbed very steeply up to the main summit at 512 meters. We had been battling against a strong easterly wind and therefore dropped down into shelter, to have a lunch stop in the sunshine!!!.

The return route was north, down into the saddle between the two tops where the path dropped down left on a very steep descent to join an easy track heading north through Mosedale. Before this descent we made a quick detour up to the slightly lesser northern summit [509m] and back. The Mosedale path brought us to the village of Loweswater, where we took refreshments at the KIRKSTILE INN [many of us trying their famous Loweswater gold amber beer].

From here we followed a lane and footpaths back to the northern shore of the lake and then retraced our outward route through Lanthwaite wood back to the car park.

We all enjoyed the sunny weather and must thank Dave Miller for the great job leading the walk and the preplanning and advance recce of the route, which we all enjoyed greatly.