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Mellbreak and Crummock Water

February 20, 2019

Mellbreak and Crummock Water sit side by side on the quiet side of the valley. Many motorists pass on their way to Buttermere but stop at the pub and do this walk. It is one of the best.

The Walk

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. This is 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.

Mellbreak and Crummock Water walk is one my favourite 25 walks in the Lake District.

Navigation Tips on Mellbreak

When descending Mellbreak there is a good path directly south for most of the way. However at a wall the path turns away from the lake for 5 minutes. Join a bridleway to lakeside. Don’t climb the wall.

4 Comments
  • Jonathan says:

    Scree is not a problem, I am sure your lab will be fine

  • Bob Hope says:

    This looks a great walk. Would a young Labrador cope with it? How rough is the scree?
    Thanks
    Bob

  • 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.

  • 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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