The Loweswater fells

These fells are not the highest in the Lakes, and would have been ideal on one of those boiling hot days we've been having - but I went and chose a day when it was overcast!  Never mind, we had a good day, finished off with a pint at the Kirkstile Inn...

Here are some pictures
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These are some of the fells we are climbing, and it's grey...


This is Watergate Farm, now a self-catering business.  We spent our first Lakes holiday here, some decades ago, when it was owned by a friend of Joanna's, so we hold it in some affection.
The lake appearing as we climb, with the distant fells (Grasmoor and Whiteside) very murky - but wait for the end of the walk...


AW depicted the top of Burnbank Fell as just a metal fence-post, without the fence.  Now the fence has re-appeared - and so have others I don't remember from our previous visit.  Quite useful for navigation in this visibility, the clouds being at the level of Blake Fell, slightly higher than Burnbank.
This is the top of Blake Fell, where we had some lunch in the shelter.  The clouds were swirling around us at some speed, the wind being quite strong - but they soon went away.


Looking north down Blake Fell.  Loweswater is down below the fell-top ahead.
Looking across to Hen Comb and Mellbreak (the one with the two humps)


The next stop was Gavel Fell, and this is it! Not one of the most inspiring fells...

It was after leaving this spot that the weather started to perk up a little.
On the top of Hen Comb, a far more impressive fell.  That is Mellbreak to the right.


The view north from the top of Hen Comb, with Loweswater in the distance.
There is Mellbreak, with Grasmoor looming up behind.


Mellbreak from the Mosedale valley between Hen Comb and Mellbreak.  We ascended via the path you can see on the right..  This was the path where, many years ago, Joanna informed me that she had to walk exactly two paces to every one of mine.  Apparently, she had been walking behind me for some time (from Loweswater village) and had been doing some measurements...
Near the northern top of Mellbreak, looking along the top plateau.


The northern top of Mellbreak
Looking east to little Rannerdale Knotts, sitting under the wing of Whiteless Pike and Grasmoor on the left


Grasmoor dominating the skyline as usual...
Whiteside to the left of Grasmoor.


That's where we're going, over the top...
and that is roughly where we've been today: some of Hen Comb on the left, Blake Fell in the centre, and Burnbank Fell on the right.  Gavel Fell is suitably hidden from view.


The descent over the nose of Mellbreak is steep and rather unpleasant, with lots of erosion (not to mention scree, which I can do without).  So it was with some relief that we came down to the level of Loweswater village and the Kirkstile Inn, visible on the right.
This is the northern face of Mellbreak.  Impressive...


In Loweswater village you get the idea that cars are not that welcome...

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