Low Fell & Fellbarrow - Wednesday 10 September 2014
Thackthwaite - Watching Crag - Low Fell - Watching Crag - Sourfoot Fell - Fellbarrow - Thackthwaite
On the roadside verge just before Thackthwaite (Free) - Grid Ref NY149238
Good mountain paths throughout
Gloriously sunny but hazy visibility
OL4 - The English Lakes (North Western Area)
The first of two walks today with the ascent of a pair of the smaller Wainwright fells of Low Fell & Fellbarrow. The walk starts from the small hamlet of Thackthwaite where there is parking for a few cars on the verge just before entering the hamlet. The route leaves the hamlet on a path near the telephone box and makes its way through fields to a gate where it then heads on a good path around the fell side and then zig zags its way to Watching Crag. Low Fell is now in sight and it is a simple walk on a gradual ascent to the north summit. It is then a further 400 yards or so to reach the south (Wainwright) summit from where there are good views down to Loweswater and over to Mellbreak and the High Stile range.
From the south summit we retraced our steps back to near Watching Crag where the path makes its way over the flank of Sourfoot Fell before heading over Smithy Fell to reach the Trig Point summit of Fellbarrow. It is then a quick about turn to go back down to the gate and wall and follow this left to reach the path coming up from Thackthwaite on the outward journey. This is a delightful amble where for very little effort, superb views can be had.
A tiny hamlet yet there is a welcome sign - lovely!
Looking down towards Crummock Water - hazy but still good to look at
Low Fell's northern summit now in sight
Summit cairn on the north summit of Low Fell with Burnbank Fell to the rear
The north summit of Low Fell with Carling Knott and Blake Fell behind
Carling Knott, Blake Fell & Burnbank Fell across Loweswater
A mini Helm Crag on Low Fell
The south summit of Low Fell
The north summit from the south
Heading to Fellbarrow
Looking back towards Low Fell from the ascent of Fellbarrow
The summit of Fellbarrow
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