On seeing the fells were snow-capped on the drive in, I chose this walk at the last minute in preference to one on Place Fell, not having had a chance to previously view the fells in the Crummock Water and Buttermere areas in snowy conditions. As it was, the snowfall seemed to have been lighter in the north-west, and soon started to melt, but nevertheless, as the photos below show, enough of it stayed in place to give the views a more 'alpine' feel than usual, and in any case, the panoramas to the east and south from Mellbreak's southern summit are always splendid, snow or no snow.
The ascent was up the north face from near the Kirkstile Inn, and from the northern summit to the start of the southern one, then veering off as close as possible to its eastern rim, in order to soak up the increasingly fine views of the fells and lakes to the east and and south. To cut out the soggy tedium of descending all the way down to and then following along beside Scale Beck, I instead turned left about half way down and made for High Ling Crag, which proved to be a choice lunch spot. From there, it was a hop, skip and jump down to the Crummock Water shoreline, where I turned north to follow the path back to the start.
Mellbreak is a fell that always provides plenty of reward for relatively little effort, and so it made my last-minute diversion well worthwhile, with an exciting initial ascent capped by great views of the many other very fine peaks that grace Crummock Water and Buttermere, a scene which these lakes, of course, also greatly enhance.
[Distance: 4.3 miles, 7 km. Highest point: 1676 ft., 510 m. Total ascent: 1679 ft., 511 m.]
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