Great Mell Fell

Great Mell Fell

Route: Great Mell Fell

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 7th December 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.4 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Freezing cold, sunny

Great Mell Fell stands in an isolated position at 1,760 feet and is shaped rather like a pudding, a feature which it shares with its lesser neighbour Little Mell Fell. The slopes of the fell are gentle, especially on the eastern side, and this makes for an easy fell walk. I’ve not visited the fell for over six years and a return visit was well overdue

As on the previous occasion we parked in one of the roadside spaces near Brownrigg Farm. We followed the track uphill for a short distance before turning off to head up the gentle slopes of Great Mell Fell. Despite the sunshine and blue skies it was bitterly cold and the ground was frozen solid. We passed by a number of trees on the fellside which have been battered and almost flattened in some cases by the prevailing winds, and many of them have assumed grotesque shapes. After a short woodland section we were soon at the summit of the fell, which is marked by a small heap of stones – too insignificant to be termed a cairn

The view from the top is extensive, the highlight being the Blencathra range. There is also a good view towards the Pennines

The fell is ringed by a path lower down, so that a descent could be made in almost any direction and this would inevitably link up with the path. We were content to retrace our steps, making a small deviation at one point, before regaining our original path back to the start. 

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