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Mellbreak to Burnbank Fell

Mellbreak to Burnbank Fell


Postby canisp » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:20 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Blake Fell, Burnbank Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb, Mellbreak

Date walked: 03/06/2011

Time taken: 11

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1050m

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Hills done - Mellbreak, Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell
OS Landranger map No 89
Start - Maggie’s Bridge car park (free), Grid Ref 135210
Distance walked 13 km’s
Height Gain 1050 metre’s
03 June 2011


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With good weather forecast i’d decided to have a crack at these five Wainwrights. After two quick stops on route, Troutbeck Bridge for petrol and then Windermere for a few photo’s i arrived at the car park next to Maggie’s Bridge and was on my way by nine o’clock.

A break from driving, Windermere early morning
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From the car park i walked back up the lane turning right at the junction then right again at the inn, down past the church and over a bridge which led to Kirkgate farm. After continuing a few hundred metres along the track i took the path which passes through the forest to Grid Ref 140201.

From the lane looking to Carling Knott
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Loweswater with Low Fell on the right, from 141200
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Loweswater with Carling Knott on the left, from 141200
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Loweswater from a small level area on the way up Mellbreak
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From here the grass soon gave way to a scree slope which was obviously the way up. I must have picked a good line as no problems were met, above the flat area in the photo above the scree gave way to rock steps and in no time the angle eased and the north west top of Mellbreak was reached.

Looking north west from Mellbreak‘s small summit cairn
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From Hen Comb looking to Grasmoor seen over Mellbreak
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Hen Comb from Whiteoak Moss
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Blake Fell from Burnbank Fell
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I continued to Mellbreak’s true summit before stopping for a 1 hours rest. The best views of the day were had towards Buttermere while descending south from Mellbreak, but the sun being dead ahead ruled out photography. The route to Hen Comb was straight forward and once the summit was reached another hour was spent resting. Once Gavel Fell was reached the hard work was over with only a short distance to Blake Fell then Burnbank Fell and with only a little height to be gained.

Loweswater from around 115216
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Loweswater from around 115216
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Descending the path through Holme Wood
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Loweswater near Watergate farm
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From Burnbank Fell a grassy path heads north east then north as it gets steeper before reaching the track shown on the map. Leaving this track i descended through Holme Wood to reach Watergate farm from where less than 1 km put me back at the car.

Mellbreak from near the car park
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Mellbreak (zoomed) from near the car park
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Dub beck near Maggie’s Bridge
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Re: Mellbreak to Burnbank Fell

Postby john923 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:00 pm

That looks like a good circuit canisp - I'll file it away for when we get around to these - and great pics as usual. Funnily enough, the day you did this we were going up your namesake hill, though not in quite such good visibility. :)
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Re: Mellbreak to Burnbank Fell

Postby Crawler » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:16 pm

You've got some really beautiful photos there especially the Windermere one. Often wondered about that route up Melbreak but it always looks like it would be horribly loose
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Re: Mellbreak to Burnbank Fell

Postby susanmyatt » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:12 am

Still got a few of these to do, thanks for pics on a lovely day :D
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Re: Mellbreak to Burnbank Fell

Postby canisp » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:15 am

Thanks for the kind comments

john923 wrote:Funnily enough, the day you did this we were going up your namesake hill, though not in quite such good visibility.
I envy you, Canisp was one of my earliest hills done in the distant past, i need to get back there.

Crawler wrote:Often wondered about that route up Melbreak but it always looks like it would be horribly loose
I was expecting it to be loose but on the day didn’t find it too bad.

susanmyatt wrote:Still got a few of these to do
Good luck with the weather on the day.

Steve……
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