16th February 2011

A great little walk on Great Mell Fell


Walk Overview
Time 13.40 to 15.40
Duration 2 hr
Distance 4.1 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Near Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Mellfell Beck - Matterdale End - road back to Brownrigg Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

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

You spend half your life waiting for other people, but after the bloke had been to fix the tumble drier, we decided to head out for a short walk. And given that the forecast was for a brighter day in the northern half of the Lake District we headed for Great Mell Fell for a slight variation on the normal straight up and down route.

Well, this is a first for me. In all the years I've been walking on Great Mell Fell, I've never had any need to park along the roadside before. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen more than one other car when I've been here. I've no idea where everyone was because we hardly saw anyone else while we were out.

Little Mell Fell, taken somewhere near the point where we began to head up hill.

Great Mell Fell is well noted for the number of windswept trees found on the fellside; twisted and misshapen after years of standing against the strong winds blowing which across the fell. If this one leaned much further it would be laying across the ground.

A view of Little Mell Fell.

More trees on the route up Great Mell Fell.

I should point out that it was the trees that were leaning and not me when I took the picture.

With the exception of the summit cairn on Clough Head, I recon Great Mell Fell offers the best view of Blencathra.

A close up of Troutbeck; but not the Windermere one, not even digital cameras are that clever.

A hazy view across to the Dodds and Clough Head.

Great Mell Fell summit.

, , , , and after walking back down, we began the longer walk back to the car via Matterdale End.

On route we crossed Mellfell Beck.


Great Mell Fell, taken from the roadside between Matterdale End and Brownrigg Farm.

On the opposite side of the road, I took this picture of Little Mell Fell.

And just to confuse things.

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Lake District Walks