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Walk                           :  Mellbreak (1,676 ft) from the Kirkstile Inn via the North Tower

Date                           :  20th May 2015

Weather                    :  Broken cloud cover and strong wind  @  13°C

 

Distance                   : 5 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 50 mins to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

This route describes Wainwright’s preferred route via the North Tower. The start of the climb is fairly steep on loose scree and higher up there

are some parts of the path are exposed. Look out for the “Lovely peep round the corner” from the second rock promontory

 

 

A few car park spaces at the head of the lane that leads towards the Kirkstile Inn is the start point for this walk

 

 

First full on view of Mellbreak as we head on down the lane

 

 

The path leads past St Bartholemews Church

 

 

A close up view of the North tower and it does look quite intimidating

 

 

Cross Park Beck as it passes through the farm

 

 

Through the farmyard and head for the path leading towards Mosedale

 

 

Looking over to Darling Fell and Low Fell from the track

 

 

The track eventually leads up to a gate that gives access to a firebreak in a small wooded area. Take this to be led to the open fell side

 

 

Through the wooded area and the scale of the climb now becomes clear. The scree path left of centre is the route that we take

 

 

Looking back to the start of the path and Loweswater

 

 

At the start of the steep scree slope and what follows now is a fairly uncomfortable tussle for 30 mins or so in trying to keep a firm footing

Its best to take the path on the left which is banked a little and slightly easier to walk on. Either way, the aim is to try and head for the dip

to the right hand side of the rock tower in the centre.

 

 

Past the rock tower and the path turns to the right, where the walk takes on a whole new complexion as the path narrows (alarmingly) as

it passes over the top of “the big gulley” as Wainwright described it

 

 

Slightly higher up at the second rock promontory and a “lovely peep round the corner” revealing Crummock Water and Buttermere

 

 

Looking towards Loweswater

 

 

Sue and Ste at the second rock promontory

 

 

The track thankfully turns right back in to the mountain and away from the exposure and levels off somewhat

 

 

Fairly soon the North Top summit cairn comes in to view

 

 

The north tower summit cairn

 

 

Sue tucks in to a “Dockers” butty for lunch

 

 

Hopegill Head (left) and Grasmoor from the summit

 

 

Looking towards Red Pike and High Stile

 

 

Whiteside and Hopegill Head from the summit … Click here for a 360 degree view … https://youtu.be/yVKnw3sTgkw

 

 

Mellbreak in profile as we head back towards Buttermere

 

 

 

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