Climbing Mellbreak from Loweswater – a last-minute hiking decision

On Friday I had the day off work. I very nearly spent it catching up on household chores, pottering about and relaxing – I’m glad I didn’t. At the last minute, a glimmer of sunshine in the sky tempted me and I decided to head out into the hills. I drove from Cockermouth towards Buttermere with no real plan. Cloud was lingering over the high fells of Grasmoor and Red Pike, so on a whim I changed strategy (again!) and continued towards Loweswater. The imposing pyramid of Mellbreak immediately caught my eye and my walking destination was, finally, chosen. The 512m mountain, which Wainwright likened to an upturned boat, having both north and south tops of roughly equal height and a wide flat depression in between, proved a revelation. The initial climb from the Kirkstile Inn, including a steep section through scree, was exciting with great views back towards quiet Loweswater, while the flat top was absolutely perfect for ogling Crummock Water, Buttermere and the North-Western fells. I returned via the lonely, tranquil valley of Mosedale, making for an all-round enjoyable outing in the Lakeland mountains. Here are the best photos I captured on the day 🙂

Looking out over the North-Western fells at the beginning of the walk

Views from the summit of Mellbreak

Loweswater

Posing with the Gandalf-esque staff I found