Great Mell Fell

Great Mell Fell

Eastern Lake District

Route: Great Mell Fell

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 8th September 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 2.4 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Cloudy, warm and windy with a few spots of rain

My plans for a high level walk were scuppered by torrential rain in the morning, so I decided to revisit Aira Force and if the weather improved I’d climb Gowbarrow Fell, but on arrival at the car park I realised I’d left my waterproof jacket at home. Curses! (This is the censored version of my words at the time). I’d remembered to pack the waterproof bag for the camera though so a walk was still on the cards, even though I ran the risk of a soaking

Great Mell Fell is nearby and would make a worthwhile walk. It’s a short but very sweet walk to the top and commands good views thanks to its isolated location. I parked in one of the roadside spaces near Brownrigg Farm and followed the track for a short distance before heading up the gentle slopes of the fell. The trees on the fellside have been battered and almost flattened in some cases by the prevailing winds, and many of them have assumed grotesque shapes

I was soon at the top – this is one of the easiest fells in the district – and having enjoyed the excellent view I retraced my steps back to the start

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