30th July 2005

A steep route up Melbreak, Scale Force waterfall and Crummock Water shore.


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 16.00
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 6.4 mile
Ascent 1830 ft
Walking with Roger, Ann, Geoff. (Harry & Bethan)
Loweswater - Mellbreak - Scale Force - Crummock Water - Loweswater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Loweswater

With room for only half a dozen cars or so the chances are that you'll find this parking area full. There is another car park found a little way past The Kirkstile Inn, but this one is even smaller. Should you be lucky enough to get parked however, you'll find this a truly beautiful area of the Lake District. Crummock Water and Loweswater are both within easy reach and of course there's Mellbreak, towering above this end of Lorton Vale.


Route Map

Roger, myself and Geoff ( Bethan and Harry) at the road junction next to the Kirkstile Inn.

Looking across towards Lorton Vale to Greystones and Broom Fell from the start of the steep climb up Mellbreak.

Whiteside, Gasgale Gill and Grasmoor seen across Crummock Water.

Crummock Water and Buttermere, again taken from the route up Mellbreak.

A dark looking Loweswater.

Mosedale with Starling Dodd and Great Borne behind. The fell on the right of the picture is Hen Comb.

Zooming across to Great Borne from Mellbreak.

Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike also taken from Mellbreak.
Haystacks can be seen on the right of the picture. The cloud base was so straight when we were looking in this direction, it almost looked as though someone had taken a ruler and drawn a line across the top of the fells.

Almost the same view, this time with Crummock Water and Buttermere (village) in the picture.

Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water from the route down from Mellbreak.

Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water from the route down from Mellbreak.

The lovely, but very wet and boggy valley of Mosedale.
The lowest point on the skyline is the Floutern Pass route between Ennerdale and Mosedale / Crummock Water.

Low Ling Crag by Crummock Water.
Harry and Bethan had no second thoughts about swimming in the lake, but the rest of us had other ideas when we realised just how cold the water was.

Rannerdale Knotts seen across Crummock Water.
It had been a grey, overcast day today, but this didn't take away any of the enjoyment from the walk. The cloud stayed above us, the rain stayed away until the last 100 yards or so and the company was great.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks