20th December 2008

Great Mell Fell on a grey day


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 11.00
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 2.2 mile
Ascent 800 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Woods on the eastern side of the fell - Routing Gill Beck - Near Brownrigg Farm
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Brownrigg Farm

Generally used as the starting point for an ascent of Great Mell Fell, this is merely the end of a farm lonning which is wide enough the accommodate three or four cars. This is somewhere I've never failed to get parked.


Route Map

Even though I knew I'd only going to be out for an hour or so, I didn't hold out much hope of staying dry. Surprisingly though, the rain held off until I was back in the car and on the way home.

Fungi growing on a tree stump.

Little Mell Fell seen from somewhere near the point where I left the lower path and headed up the fellside to the summit.

One of the the prominent features of this fell are the windswept trees along its south and western sides. There's obviously enough wind blowing cross here to distort the trees, so I'm surprised they ever take hold in the first place.


Another view of Little Mell Fell, this picture showing the fells around Bonscale Pike in the distance.

And looking a little further round towards Ulcat Row and Gowbarrow Fell

Even in the most unsavoury of conditions the summit of this fell is an easy enough thing to find. It's at the top isn't it? Yes, but in some places 'the top' can be an elusive spot. No such problems here though, particularly since someone decided to stick this stick into the cairn.

A rather grim looking view across to Clough Head and the Dodds.

Rather than simply walk straight back down to the car, I decided to head off path and into the trees on the eastern side of the fell.

There seemed to be an awful lot of fallen trees along the route I took so I had a fair bit of zigzagging to do to get round the tangles of tree roots.

Crossing Routing Gill Beck.


Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched?

David Hall -
Lake District Walks