Mellbreak & Crummock Water

  • Superb views from this isolated fell
  • Pretty lakeside path
  • Traditional Lakeland inn

1,676 ft. Mellbreak  and Crummock Water tend to be admired but passed by as walkers aim for the more dramatic fells at the head of Buttermere . However Mellbreak can stand proud in this company; it stands tall over the western, less frequented shore of Crummock Water and is separated from all other fells by deep , lonely valleys. This separateness is accentuated by steep sides on all of the fell’s flanks meaning a steep , rocky but extremely interesting climb followed by a mile long wide ridge before plunging back down to the shores of Crummock Water.

Crummock Water is familiar to me, when I was young we used to swim off the rocks on its eastern shore  and canoe to the lonely west shore. However we never walked the excellent path through the screes on the rocky fellside…which was a shame because the path is excellent and full of interest. Mellbreak is only ever climbed on its own – it is pointless to try and link it with the main Buttermere fells but combined with Crummock Water it is a lovely walk… as Wainwright says “no pairing of hill and lake have a closer partnership than these”

Recommend: Follow the ridge of Mellbreak for its full length to gain a view of Scale Force under Blea Crag.

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Mellbreak map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West.Buy Map
Start Point: NY 141209. Park below the Kirkstile Inn at the packhorse bridge and take the obvious track a few hundred yards up the lane directly up the steep fell side.
Height to Climb: 476ms (1,561 feet)
Terrain: The walk is a little off the beaten track so the paths are not over eroded and clear to follow.
Eating & Drinking: Go no further than the traditional Kirkstile Inn in loweswater with its own (excellent) beer, good food and cosy Lakeland atmosphere. They have rooms too.
Similar Walks Nearby: Haystacks; Wainwright’s favourite
Whinlatter through the forest
High Stile Ridge
Places to Stay: Scale Hill Cottages, Buttermere


  1. pussywillow says:

    I would recommend you follow the instructions on the given map – to avoid a steep scree slope downward descent – much better to clamber up the scree path and enjoy the pure elation of the ridge view towards Buttermere and Crummock Water with Haystacks/Red Pike to one side and Grasmoor on t’other.

  2. laketrekker says:

    Just come back from Kirkstile inn on Loweswater and whilst there did the walk around Melbreak/Crummock Water. Nice walk and I think worth mentioning that dependant on which way you approach it gives two completly different experiences. If attempted from Crummock Water first, this gives a quite a steep rise from the lake to sheepfold at the turn,with fantastic views,! the walk then gently winds back down the valley. If attempted from the valley approach this gives a nice gentle ascent. up to the turn again with fantastic views but then the descent is a little easier to take on. A great walk one way if you are active enough to take on a brusque ascent or from the opposite way a little more leisurely experience.

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