Loweswater Fell is an area of high land marked on Landranger 89 to the south of Loweswater. My interest in it was due to there being five Wainwrights near to each other that I hadn’t previously climbed. And as I only had ten left to tick, the prospect of knocking half of them off in one walk was too good to turn down.
This particular group of hills is bounded by Loweswater in the north, Floutern Pass in the south, Crummock Water in the east and the national park boundary in the west. None of it reaches 1900 feet, let alone 2000 feet, so it should lend itself to an easy day out but don’t let that seemingly innocuous statistic lull you into a false sense of security.
Easy tracks led to the screes of Mellbreak’s Raven Crag which petered out on the edge of an impressive precipice, dropping away into an other-worldly gully. Further up on Dropping Crag were some super viewpoints looking up to the head of the Buttermere valley.
|Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere|
Two distinct cairns crowned the north top of Mellbreak but which marks was the true summit is open to debate. Whichever it is, neither is the actual summit of the fell, that honour resting with a rather nondescript flat spot over half a mile away. Although a little hazy, the views were good and hills as far away as Merrick could be seen across the Solway Firth.