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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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