Mellbreak

This outing was another of those recommended by Mark Richards in his ‘Great Mountain Days in the Lake District’, and like all the others I have sampled from this book (also see, e.g., here), it did not disappoint, to say the least of it!
After walking in from Lanthwaite Wood car park, the ascent was up the northern ‘prow’ of the fell (reminiscent in some respects of similar routes up Fleetwith Pike and Yewbarrow), with wonderful views back towards the Loweswater area and across Crummock Water to Whiteside and Grasmoor. On reaching the southern summit and walking a little to the south east, the scenic splendours of the remainder of Crummock Water and of Buttermere and their attendant fells opened out - surely one of the greatest panoramas in all of Lakeland! From there down the gentle descent route to Scale Force (the highest waterfall in the Lake District, at 130ft/40m), and then back along the lonely western shore of Crummock Water, with an unending succession of majestic views southwards to Fleetwith Pike and beyond and westwards over to Rannerdale Knotts, Whiteless Pike, Grasmoor and Whiteside.
With such fine views for such relatively little effort, this walk is very hard to beat - highly recommended!
(Highest point: Mellbreak, 1680ft/512m. Distance: 7.25miles/11.5km. Ascent: 2250ft./686m.)

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