Thursday 23 June 2016. Yesterday’s walk around Borrowdale with a total ascent of around 1,500ft was fairly easy so I thought that today’s 8.1 mile walk around Loweswater with a total ascent of 1,880ft wouldn’t be too difficult. How wrong could I be? It started gently with a walk along the road and then up the now disused Mosser Road. We walked past a stile, hidden in an overgrown hedge, leading on to Darling Fell and had to double back a short distance. It was here that the going got considerably harder with a near 600ft climb up a 1in3 grassy fellside to the summit of Darling Fell at 1,282ft. Needless to say I had to stop many times before getting to the top.
We then had a descent of 200ft to Crabtree Beck where we stopped for lunch before making another 250ft climb to what Wainwright thought to be the summit of Low Fell. The true summit was a little further north and all of 35ft higher at 1,388ft. More down and up brought us to the top of Smithy Fell before the final climb to our second Wainwright on Fellbarrow at 1,365ft.
It was more or less all downhill from here as we made our way back down to the Mosser Road and Hudson Place before walking through Holme Wood on the shore of Loweswater. For those who had to contend with heavy rain in the South East I should say that it was a beautiful summers day here in the Lakes.