Lake District Walks
Fellbarrow & Low Fell
Date: 17th October 2007
Distance: 5.4 miles
Ascent: 1728 feet
Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY117224
Stunning views from Low Fell of Crummock Water and Loweswater were the highlight of this walk that also included a visit to the top of Fellbarrow.
Route Summary: Waterend - Mosser Old Road - Fellbarrow - Smithy Fell - Sourfoot Fell - Watching Crag - Low Fell - Darling Fell - Mosser Old Road - Waterend.
1. Carling Knott and Loweswater
2. Looking back along Mosser Old Road
3. The summit of Fellbarrow
4. This black bull was stood near the top of Fellbarrow
5. The Vale of Lorton
6. The top of Low Fell
8. Crummock Water from Low Fell's south top
11. Darling Fell
12. The south top of Low Fell from Darling Fell
Walk Detail: While this was ostensibly another lowish Lakeland Fell walk to ease my knee back into action it was actually a reasonably demanding walk with lots of ups and downs with the descent and subsequent climb between Low Fell and Darling Fell being the most demanding thing I had done in a long time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the walk although, given my aversion to cattle I am surprised I didn't run a mile from the large bull only metres away from the trig point on Fellbarrow. Fellbarrow proved to be the least interesting of the major tops and while there was a reasonable amount of re-ascent on to Smithy and Sourfoot Fells the visual highlights of the walk really began when I made it on to Watching Crag and got my first view south to Crummock Water.
Low Fell was the finest of the group though I chose to spend most of my time on the southern-most cairn of the south top as the views there of Crummock Water and Loweswater were absolutely stunning. When I finally managed to drag myself away I was confronted with a fairly steep drop and climb up on to Darling Fell whose views were only slightly inferior to Low Fell’s.
While I was sure my knee would have gone by this point it was only on the way down from Darling Fell that I started to feel a twinge, and by keeping my leg straight for the rest of the walk I managed to avoid anything worse. This really was a delightful walk and for views alone I would rank Low Fell as one of the finest of the smaller Lakeland fells.