Joe on Beda Fell ridge

Joe on the ridge. Beda Fell ahead.

Height: 1670 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Beda Fell from Hallin Fell

Beda Fell from Hallin Fell.

Date climbed: First visit: 5th May 2012 (walk 55).

Second visit: 6th August 2018 (walk 150).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 168 of 330. [ << Ard Crags (167)  (169) Angletarn Pikes >> ]

Second round: 159 of 330. [ << Angletarn Pikes (158)  (160) Broom Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Pioneered a completely original route from Patterdale, unexplored in the pages of Wainwright: up to Boredale Hause then keeping below the ridge path on the Boredale side. It is practical (and about 2.8 miles from Patterdale to the summit), but not worth doing if you are addicted to paths. Left on the ridge back to Angletarn Pikes.

Beda Fell summit

Beda Fell summit cairn. The Nab pokes up behind.

Second visit: Came in along the ridge from the Pikes in a more conventional fashion. Descended to Howtown.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “Beda Fell is the long north-east ridge of Angletarn Pikes, narrowing as it descends; but midway it asserts itself, broadens considerably, and rises to a definite summit, Beda Head, which is the geographical centre of the quiet, enchanting, exquisitely beautiful area known affectionately as ‘Martind’l’.”

What I say: On the first visit I approached and left Beda Fell ‘from the back’ which meant I did not see its crags, including Winter Crag which Wainwright clearly thinks to be the best feature of the fell. Having descended via the ridge on my second visit, I will concur with this assessment. There’s not much to it otherwise, but the views of lonely Bannerdale are good.

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2 Responses to “Beda Fell”

  1. […] bad yesterday (Saturday) as I bagged five more fells around the Martindale/Patterdale hinterland: Beda Fell, Angletarn Pikes, Rest Dodd, The Nab and Brock Crags, which collectively made up walk 55. Angle […]

  2. […] walk 150, which took us up to the fine double summit of Angletarn Pikes and then along the ridge to Beda Fell, dropping down to Howtown. A straightforward walk but one well worth doing. Full details and more […]

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