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Mellbreak, Binsey and Walla Crag

20th-21st November 2016

Route - 20th (am) - Scalehill Bridge - Loweswater - Mellbreak - Mosedale Scalehill Bridge - (pm) Binsey Cottage - Binsey.  21st - Borrowdale road - Cat Gill Walla Crag - Great Wood - Borrowdale road.


We had booked four days in the Lakes Staying at Borrowdale youth hostel ( one of the few open ) but Sue's cold had mutated in to full blown "woman flu" so we ended just staying just the one night. Mellbreak was a fell she thought she could manage in her recovering state


 The roads were very icy so we parked outside the village and walked in. It was a pleasant morning and here the Sun takes a bite out of Mellbreak.


 Probably best not to take a bite out of these.


The famous negative roadsign.


 Climbing up through the small plantation to the lower slopes of Mellbreak. Rather than tackle the steep scree up the face we decided we would try the narrow trod leading around above Mosedale.


 View back to Carling Knott on the left and Darling Fell on the right seperated by Loweswater.


 We thought this to be a great way up. The path is quite narrow, never really more than a sheep trod,


 Higher up now and Red Pike and Starling Dodd appeare.


 Once on the top of Mellbreak the views were fantastic. Here I zoom in to the face of Grasmoor.


 Buttermere with Fleetwith Pike beyond and beyond that a brilliant panorams of fells.

 The Lad Hows ridge curving up to Grasmoor with Wandope and Whiteless Pike behind.

Red Pike ( Buttermere)  and the High Stile ridge.Dodd is the little top just peeping up centre left.

 Brilliant winter sun as we explore the top of Mellbreak.

 We dropped down the steep path above the holly tree.

 Looking back along Mosedale. Hen Comb on the right.

 From the left..Whiteside Whin Ben then Grasmoor.

 Low Fell with Darling Fell behind.

As the roads were icy we didn't risk Honister Pass so went the long way around and as Sue felt ok and we still had the light we had a ride to Binsey.

 Evening light over the central fells

 Soon the top comes into sight. I always feel for poor old Binsey it always seems to be a fell that just gets visited at the end of another walk. But we had a lovely sunset.

 I'm sure a half decent swimmer could reach Scotland in ten minutes.

 Zooming in on the clouds.

We gave Binsey the attention it deserves by finishing of our sandwiches and flasks sat at the trig point.

.The sky show gets better as we watch.

 Sandwiches eaten and coffee drunk it's time to head down.

 Skiddaw and the Ullock Pike ridge in the evening light.

Monday was a fine but duller day and as we didn't want to be too late home we tackled the short walk up to Walla Crag

 Derwentwater from the path leading away from the small lay-by on the Borrowdale road.

 Little bridge over Cat Gill..

 Small cascade near the bridge.

 Larger falls from near the top of the quite steep climb by Cat Gill.

 View from the top of the path to the Maiden Moor/High Spy ridge.

 A very wintery looking Bleaberry Fell from the same place.

 Classic view of Derwentwater with Eel Crag/Grisedale Pike group of fells beyond.

 Walking down with Blencathra ahead.

And looking back to Walla Crag.

 Causey Pike across Derentwater.

 Following the path through Great Wood to the car. We had managed to salvage a couple of good days from our planned trip although Sue still had to have another few days off work before she had fully recovered.

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