21st April 2014

Low Fell, Thackthwaite, Low Lorton and Mosser


Walk Overview
Time 10:10am to 2:20pm
Duration 4 hr 10 min
Distance 10 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with On my own
Loweswater - Askhill Farm - Darling Fell - Low Fell - Thackthwaite - Littlethwaite - Low Lorton - the old fell road to Mosser - Mosser fell road to Loweswater
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The forecast wasn't particularly great today with low cloud and the possibility of rain. Because of this and because I've done pretty well over the last week anyway, I thought I'd stick a bit closer to home and just have a short walk at Loweswater. Once I got going, it was obvious that the day was going to be much better than predicted. So, by the time I reached Low Fell, I ditched the idea of a short walk and extended the route by leaving the ridge and walking around to Thackthwaite, Low Lorton and Mosser.

This is the lane behind Askhill Farm which takes you from the Loweswater road to the Mosser Road.

Loweswater and the fells beyond which were looking more than just a little bit hazy today.

Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell.

It's a steep walk up to Darling Fell and while you stop to take a breath you can look out across the fields and villages to the Solway Coast.

Darling Fell summit in front of Burnbank Fell, Carling Knott and Blake Fell.

At Low Fell and looking in the direction of Crummock and Buttermere.

Looking across the ridge to Fellbarrow. It was somewhere along here I decided to extend the walk by dropping down to Thackthwaite and then walking around to Mosser.

I leave the ridge and make my way down the twisting, turning path to Thackthwaite.

Fellbarrow was close, but not included today.



It looks like the person that installed the Thackthwaite and district weathervane left their spirit level at home.


A view across to the Whinlatter fells taken from the roadside between Thackthwaite and Lorton.

The area around Lorton was a scene of peacefulness and tranquillity today. People were walking their dogs, doing their gardens or just sitting out enjoying the sunshine. I'd have loved to find an area of soft ground lay down for a while but I still had a few miles to cover. so after taking a few picture is was onwards and upwards for me.



A view across the valley to Lorton and Graystones.

The surface of the track points to this being a proper road in the past but for some reason the people in charge of roads and stuff have decided not to maintain it any longer. A shame for motorists but good for us folk that like to walk as well as drive.


"you'll break your teeth if you try to take a bite out of that stone"

It would be difficult to get lost on this track even if you were here at 2 o'clock in the morning.


I pass by the last farm on this side of the fell before I'm out in the open again and walking along what is generally called The Mosser Road.

Looking across to Fellbarrow.

To finish, a picture which doesn't show much of a view but it does show the lovely conditions we've had right across Easter weekend.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks