Thursday 31st March 2011


Start Point : Thackthwaite (NY 149 237)


Distance : 5.1 miles Height Ascended : 500 metres


Route Map





In the Pink at Thackthwaite.


Starting from the village of Thackthwaite the path climbs steadily up the fellside and looks back give great overviews of the Vale of Lorton.


Low Fell from the fields above Thackthwaite.


Lorton Vale.


Grasmoor, the High Stile ridge, Mellbreak and a glimpse of Crummock Water.




Crummock Water across Watching Crag.


The view southeast from the southern top.


A slight detour southeast from the main southern cairn gives a better viewpoint - in my opinion one of the best in the whole of Lakeland.


Lorton Vale and a glimpse of the distant Skiddaw range.


‘Southeast, the view is of classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness that has escaped the publicity

 of picture postcards and poets’ sonnets, a scene of lakes and mountains arranged to perfection. The grouping of fells

 above Mosedale is also attractively presented, with Pillar an unexpected absentee, only a small section of its western

 shoulder being seen behind Red Pike. Grasmoor is a tremendous object’. (AW Low Fell 6)


Crummock Water.


Burnbank Fell over Loweswater.


‘……………………a perfectly composed view of mountain and lake scenery, a connoisseur's piece………’ (AW)


Unfortunately the sun never broke through sufficiently

to lighten up and enhance the view..............I'll be back.


Violet waits.


Darling Fell from the main slightly higher northern top.


The north and south tops of Low Fell.


Watching Crag from the south.


A last look back.


Lorton Vale - blue skies to the north.


Whiteside and Grasmoor over Low Fell.


Fellbarrow - rather than following the fence line over Smithy Fell I took the path that contours round it to the right.


The northerly aspect from the summit of Fellbarrow.


Lorton Vale.


A repeat view of Grasmoor, the High Stile ridge and Mellbreak on the return leg.