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Mellbreak, Lake District

Mellbreak is a hill in the Western part of the English Lake District. Despite being surrounded on all sides by higher fells (the Loweswater Fells, the High Stile Ridge and the Grasmoor Group), it stands in isolation. It is surrounded on three sides by a "moat" of deep marshy land, and on the east side by the lake of Crummock Water. The fell forms a partnership with the lake, running parallel to it, falling sheer into it, and regularly providing the backdrop for pictures of it.
Mellbreak's name is derived from differing sources: the Celtic "moel", meaning "bare hill", and the later Old Norse of the Vikings, "brekka", which means a hill slope.
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south east. Westwards the hills diminish toward the coastal plain of Cumberland. At the central hub of the high country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being a great horseshoe around this long wild valley. Mellbreak and the other Loweswater Fells form the extremity of the northern arm.
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  • We approached past The Kirkstile, worth returning here to rehydrate afterwrds, and ascended Mellbreak via the scree path, arduous and took us verterans an hour to accomplish, although we did stop to a...  more »
  • I walked from Lanthwaite Farm, where the No 77 or 77a bus stops (circular bus route Keswick to Buttermere). Walking past the farm about 100 metres as if walking away from Mellbreak. You come to a wood...  more »
  • So tranquil!
  • Brilliant walk.. Northern edge descent on the scree is interesting 🚶😂
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