The majority of ascents of the two Mell Fells are probably done out of necessity for people who are trying to complete a Wainwright round, rather than as a desire to visit these fells for what they have to offer in their own right. What I find to be a bit of a shame is the outlook of people like the couple I met later in the walk. We said the normal hello and mentioned the weather, as you do, then one of them said they were here to "bag the fell" (I hate that expression) for their round, They then told it had been a waste of a weekend in the Lakes and the sooner they were away from here and back to some real walking the better. They then asked me if I was doing the same, unsurprisingly, they were quite taken aback when I said no, and that I was walking here because I actually enjoy the place.
Missing the point sums them up I think.