13th June 2008

A Fellbarrow fell wander


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 16.25
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 1630 ft
Walking with On my own
Loweswater Road - Mosser Fell Road - Fellbarrow - Sourfoot Fell - Crabtree Beck - Darling Fell - Mosser Fell Road - Loweswater Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Loweswater (waterend)

Assuming that everyone parks properly, there is room for quite a few cars along here. This is my prefered starting point for a circuit of Loweswater or a walk onto the Fellbarrow / Low Fell ridge.


Route Map

Rather than walk alongside Loweswater to reach the start of the old Mosser fell road, I headed up the lane between Miresyke and Askill to join the road a little high up.


Looking over the Cumbrian coastal plain to the Solway Firth and Scotland in the distance.

I must have walked on Fellbarrow lots of times at this time of year, although I don't remember seeing quite this amount of cotton grass in the area before. Unless I'm just getting forgetful in my old age that is. "Hang on a second; what to you mean old?"

Fellbarrow summit.

Leaving Fellbarrow summit.

A familiar scene of English countryside at this time of year, with its patchwork of fields.

Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor.

Crummock Water, Rannerdale Knotts and their surrounding higher fells, seen from the area close to the aptly named Watching Crag.


More often than not, a visit to Fellbarrow or Low Fell is normally followed by a walk across to the 'other' one. Today however, I decided to walk down to Beckhead Moss and follow the beck down to the lowest point between Low Fell and Darling Fell.

Better late than never I suppose, but by this time, it was starting to brighten up from the west. Here Low Fell was catching the first of the sunshine.

Fellbarrow seen under an increasingly large area of blue sky.


Loweswater still in shade and looking a bit dark. the two fells at the far end of the lake are Mellbreak and Hen Comb.

This is the point at which I rejoined the Mosser Fell Road (pronounced as mozzer, by the way). From here I headed up hill, which you would think to be the wrong direction. After a short walk up here I turned back onto the path above Miresyke.

I'm not sure what this piece of old farm machinery was used for, but it seems a shame to me that you often see old equipment left to decay like this. I'm sure there must me museums and such like dotted about the country, which would gladly accept the job of preservation.

Bad timing I know, but I should have set off a couple of hours later than I did. On the other hand I could have gone round again ???




David Hall -
Lake District Walks