18th July 2009

Not quite a straightforward walk up Great Mell Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10.55 to 12.40
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 2.8 mile
Ascent 1000 ft
Walking with On my own
Nr Brownrigg Farm - Racy Cottage - West side of Great Mell Fell - Great Mell Fell - Nr 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

Two reasons brought me to Great Mell Fell today, the first one being a lack of time, and the second was a visit to Racy Cottage and the other ruins found below Great Mell Fell.

The view across to Gowbarrow Fell from here takes in some lovely countryside.

Racy Cottage, or rather the ruins of it.

To say the least it was hard work walking up here. The whole field was sodden with the recent rain and the cows had done a pretty good job of churning it up. I know you can't see them in this picture, but there were about a dozen cows in the field and it did cross my mind that I'd have no chance of getting out of the way very quickly if they'd taken a dislike to me.

Another of the three ruins found in this one field.

At least it had stopped raining now. Believe it or not though, I actually got wetter from the bracken than I did from the water that dropped out of the sky. Ten minutes walking through this, I was soaked from the waist downwards.

Looking across to Blencathra.

There's no exaggerating here, it really is this steep.

And in the opposite direction.


Great Mell Fell summit.

This time with a view between Clough Head and Blencathra towards the cloud topped north western fells.

Walking through the trees on the higher slopes of the fell.


Almost back at the car now after a short but enjoyable walk.

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