18th February 2012

Great Mell Fell and Gowbarrow Fell


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 15.00
Duration 4 hr
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Brownrigg Farm - Nabend Farm - road north of Little Mell Fell - track east of Little Mell Fell - Swinburn's Park - Gowbarrow Fell - Ulcat Row - Moorend Farm - 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

The weather was playing all sorts of tricks today and consistent was a word which did not come to mind. When I woke up the rain was battering on the window so I went back to sleep, when I set off walking the sun shining, but I ended up walking in heavy snow and I was almost blown off the top of Gowbarrow Fell.

One of the many twisted, misshapen trees on Great Mell Fell.

Looking across to (dare I say) the back of the Dodds and Clough Head.

Approaching the summit along the path which was as muddy as ever.

Blencathra seem from the summit of Great Mell Fell. On a clear day, this about as good a view of Blencathra you're likely to get from anywhere. Clough Head is marginally better, but it's all down to personal opinion in the end.

Storm damage.



Little Mell Fell, taken from the track around the bottom of Great Mell Fell. I was going to walk up Little Mell Fell as well today, but I decided to do something slightly different and walk around it instead.

Feeding time.

Township of Watermillock and Township of Hutton Soil.

The above sign was on the left hand wall of this bridge.

Looking over Nabend Farm to Great Mell Fell.

This is the track that runs along the eastern side of Little Mell Fell. There's always somewhere new to walk, even if I do need to go to obscure places to find them.

Ullswater comes into view.

I can't work out if I'm being told the ducks ont' road are dead slow or if I have to be dead slow cos there are ducks ont' road.

It looks like the weather is taking a turn for the worse.

Just a couple of spots of rain, , , , and then suddenly, , , ,

this lot started to fall, and I had a mad scramble to get some waterproofs on.

Once I got out of the woods it was like entering a different world.

There goes the weather.

You wouldn't think it was the same day would you

You wouldn't think it was the same day would you

By eck, it wasn't half windy up here. Walking up the other side wasn't too bad, but once I stepped onto the top, it was like someone was trying to push me over.

Wintry Lakeland.

A close up of Ullswater.


Great Mell Fell in the distance. It looks along way off, but walking there doesn't feel too far to be honest.


One of the houses at Ulcat Row.

and a few more of them.

Passing by Jenny Hill.

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