Summary & Summits

Walk statistics Name of Summit Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Date - 10th July 2011 Darling Fell 1283 391 NY 1282 2249
Map - OL4 Loweswater Fell 1352 412 NY 1360 2226
Distance - 6.75 miles Low Fell 1388 423 NY 1373 2261
Ascent - 2150ft Sourfoot Fell 1348 411 NY 1348 2336
Start - Pull in by Loweswater (NY 126219) Smithy Fell 1286 392 NY 1331 2372
  Fellbarrow on Mosser Fell 1363 416 NY 1322 2424
  Hatteringill Head on Whin Fell 1263 385 NY 1333 2474


Walk Blog

We had actually planned to walk with Uncle Bob, but he had to cancel at the last minute, because of a twisted ankle. We were very sorry to hear this and Dad wished him a speedy recovery from us all.

"Are we still going to walk"?, asked Little Eric, who like us all had been so looking forward to being out on the hills.

"Of course Lads ", Dad replied. "I think we will take the opportunity to go to the Lakes and do the Fellbarrow Group. This will tick off and outstanding Birkett summit, and Little Eric will bag all the seven tops including two Wainwrights - Low Fell & Fellbarrow."

"Fantastic", shouted Little Eric.

"That is where we first met Uncle Bob", said Tetley. "It was on the summit of Fellbarrow, so we will have to pause and think about him when we get there."

"What a wonderful day that was, because if we had not met Uncle Bob, we would never have explored and climbed the hills in the Yorkshire Dales", added Grizzly.

We seem to be crossing Whinlatter Pass regularly at present and today was no exception. Beyond along the road west, we ignored the turning to Crummock, going on ahead to Loweswater, passing through the village and along by the lake to find the roadside pull off just beyond the track signed 'Mosser unfit for cars'.

While Dad got ready we hopped down the the edge of the lake. "What are those hills on the other side?", asked Little Eric.

"Carling Knott & Burnbank Fell", replied Allen.

Tetley adding, "which we all climbed in July 2009 from Lamplugh."

Dad was now ready, so we settled in his rucksack. Walked the short distance back along the road, to take the track to Mosser. It is surfaced, but rough in places, hence the sign 'unfit for cars'. It climbed steadily coming out of the trees, where we paused to take in the grand view of the lake and fells beyond. Indeed where we had been last weekend. Dad spotted an animal ahead and said "look Lads that's a fox". It was completely unaware of us, and we watched it, until it left the path left, its brush of a tail being clearly seen. Soon now, we reached the stile on the right signed 'footpath to Foulsyke'. Here the real climbing started as we ascended steeply (although not as steep as Scale Knott however), zig-zagging through the bracken and then by the fence. When this turned away left, we kept ahead to climb the stile and reach the top of Darling Fell. Beyond a shallow dip, is a cairn that seems to be considered the top of the fell, but the actual highest point is that immediately beyond the stile. After having our usual picture taken, and before walking on we sat and looked that the superb view - a classic of Crummock Water with Buttermere beyond.

"Well that's the outstanding Birkett done, just 13 left now", said Tetley brightly.

Descended steeply, to cross Crabtree Beck and rise up the other side, to take a fork right to Loweswater Fell. Once again there was that breathtaking view of Crummock Water, Buttermere and the surrounding fells and mountains.

We met a couple from Gloucester and Dad chatted to them. They had climbed via Darling Fell, but were now going down. There was a little expression of surprise, when Dad said we were doing all the tops.

So tearing our eyes from the view, we now walked north, descending to cross a stile and on up the nose to the cairned top of Low Fell, the highest point today. Onward the path meandered up and down crossing two stiles. Immediately beyond the second, the path was abandoned for a while, as we climbed left to Sourfoot Fell a few stones marking the top. After a short steepish descent, the path was rejoined, followed by a short climb to Smithy Fell, the highest point being at the fence corner. Descending, the stile was crossed left, and then with the fence to the right a steady climb brought us to the trig point on Fellbarrow, the highest point on Mosser Fell. As Dad took our picture on the trig point, we thought about Uncle Bob, recalling seeing him taking the picture of his grandson, Jack, standing on this.

"What a lot of wonderful adventures we have had since, with Uncle Bob", said Shaun.

"Fate certainly dealt us a good hand that day", added Tetley.

Just one top left to do now, this being Hatteringill Head on Whin Fell, clearly in view just a little to the north. Heading down, Dad then climbed the ladderstile over the stone wall to gain access. On the slopes there were cows with young grazing, so Dad was wary, and sensibly he took a wide circuit left to avoid them, but paradoxically a calf was standing by the cairn! After a minute or so it did move away, so we leapt out and settled quickly on the cairn for our picture. This summit is the most northerly of the Western fells.

We then retreated to the ladderstile and retraced the path to Fellbarrow. As the trig point came into view, we remembered, once again how we had seen Uncle Bob taking Jack's picture standing on it.

"Which way now?", asked Little Eric.

Looking up from his study of the map, Shaun replied, "we should had west down Mosser Fell".

Taking a bearing, Dad fixed this on a piece of distant woodland, keeping this as much as possible directly in front as we descended. There was an intermittent path that became clear as it led through bracken. By now we could clearly see the track we needed to gain that led to the Mosser track once again. Once reached this was followed left to the start, affording at times beautiful views of Loweswater and the fells beyond.

"It has been a great day, and we have all finally completed this group of fells", said Allen enthusiastically. Laughingly he went on, "I guess it is cafe time now Dad."

"Absolutely. I'm going to Greystone House, of course."

Here he enjoyed a pork and apple burger with salad, followed by delicious apple and blackcurrant crumble with custard, and of course plenty of tea.



Walk Scenes

From the Mosser track, the willow herb provides a splash of colour, in this view of Loweswater, with Little Dodd and Hen
Comb rising behind.
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From the cairn on Darling Fell. Mellbreak is to the
right above Crummock Water. Rannerdale Knotts is
the fell above the left shore, behind which can be
glimpsed Buttermere. In the left foreground are the
slopes of Loweswater Fell, our next objective.
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The classic view from Loweswater Fell. Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts on the left. On this rather cloudy day the distant fells are lost, but Red Pike and the Buttermere ridge can be seen right beyond Crummock Water. larger image

About time we appeared! The Union Jack adds colour to our picture at the fence corner marking the summit of Smithy Fell. larger image


Here we are again. This time posing on the trig point marking the summit of Fellbarrow, where we first met Uncle Bob on 4th September 2005. This is taken looking east. The distant and highest mountain is Skiddaw. In front of which are the Lord's Seat group between Whinlatter Pass and the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake. larger image

Looking to our final summit of the day, Hatteringill Head on Whin Fell. Some of the herd of cows with their calfs can be seen to the right. The normal ascent route is just to the left of the scree, but to minimise any risk, Dad ascended in a wide circuit to the left. Even so we had to wait patiently while the calf standing by the summit cairn moved away. larger image


Sorry, there is no escape from pictures of sheep! Here a blackfaced ewe and her lamb pose for Dad.
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From the Mosser track above Askill Farm, a wider view of Loweswater, with Little Dodd and Hen Comb rising behind right, and Mellbreak to the left. larger image

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