19th January 2008

Gowbarrow Fell to Little Mell Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 15.00
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Park Brow - Aira Force - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - Little Meldrum - The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - Watermillock Church - Swinburn's Park - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat Aira Force - Park Brow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Aira Force, Parkgate Farm

This is what I always call the top Aira Force car park and for no particular reason this is the one I prefer to set out from. This is the car park where you're most likely to get a parking space during the busier times of year.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Aira Force was putting on a good show today. Hardly surprising considering the amount of rain we've had over the last couple of weeks.

The view down Ullswater.

It was a bit of a shock, setting off in sunshine today. We've seen precious little evidence that the big yellow thing still exists lately. When it does decide to put in an appearance however, it makes all those wet days on the fells seem, well, not so bad after all.


A close up of Dockray.

Gowbarrow Fell summit with Little Mell Fell behind.

And from the summit itself, looking across to Great Mell Fell. Carrock Fell can be seen on the left hand side of the picture in the distance.

Heading across Great Meldrum to Little Meldrum (just to the right of the trees) Watermillock Fell (the pointed bit behind the trees) and Little Mell Fell (the higher fell on the left of the picture).

Almost at the Hause now and looking across some lovely countryside to Great Mell Fell and the familiar skyline of Blencathra.

Little Mell Fell summit.
Anyone out there who is into "list ticking" may have already decided that this fell is somewhere you "must" visit someday; just for the sake of completeness, but not really because you want to. This is a shame really. I know you don't get the same enjoyment out of this than you would from an ascent of Blencathra, Helvellyn, Great Gable or some other more demanding fell, but just look at the view. And if you combine the fell with a longer walk such as this one, then hopefully you'll enjoy a walk through some lovely countryside.

A short detour took us to The Church of All Saints, Watermillock.

One of the windows in the church; depicting St Paul at Athens.

Looking back to the church and the Rectory from the path we followed to Swinburn's Park.

Woodland in Swinburn's Park.

And when we came to a gap in the trees we were treated to this view down to Ullswater's middle reach.

Exiting Swinburn's Park.

The shooting lodge found at the start of our traverse of the fell.


The viewpoint above Yew Crag.


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Lake District Walks