Branstree

Branstree, above Haweswater.

Height: 2339 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 31st August 2012 (walk 65).  Second visit: 8th June 2020 (walk 178).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 205 out of 330. [ << Pike O’Blisco (204)  (206) Selside Pike >> ]

Branstree summit

Branstree summit, with its ‘ring’ trigonometrical point.

Second round: 246 of 330. [ << Brae Fell (245)  (247) Harter Fell (Mardale) >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Came up from Mosedale Cottage, up the side of Great Grain Gill. Left on the ridge to Selside Pike.

Second visit: Ascended from the Haweswater road. Went down to Gatescarth Pass then on to Harter Fell.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Branstree occupies a fine position at the head of three valleys, Mardale, Swindale and Longsleddale, and a fourth, Mosedale, runs along its southern base. This geographical attribute aside, the fell is dreary, and must disappoint all who climb it, for a good deal of perambulation is necessary across the flat and featureless top before these valleys can be brought sufficiently into view for full appreciation.”

Branstree from the south

Branstree from the slopes of Kentmere Pike

What I say:  Disappointing, no: though I didn’t hold out great expectations. But on my first visit, simply being able to climb it in fairly decent weather gave it some novelty value compared to others climbed in the pseduo-summer of 2012, and the views are reasonable. It was also had the bonus of being able to sit down and have lunch on a sofa during the ascent (at Mosedale Cottage).

My second visit wasn’t bad either, but all in all, don’t come here expecting excitement. It is just a flat-topped grassy mound, albeit in decent surroundings.

[ << Brandreth    Brant Fell >> ]

2 Responses to “Branstree”

  1. […] one. Walk 65 saw me on the far eastern side of the district, picking up two fairly obscure fells (Branstree and Selside Pike) on an interesting walk that took me into three valleys, Wet Sleddale (pictured), […]

  2. […] 178: Branstree (2339′, no. 246), Harter Fell (2552′, no. 247). 7.75 miles and 2,300 feet of ascent […]

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