Brim Fell summit cairn

Brim Fell summit cairn

Height: 2611 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 24th September 2010 (walk 25). Second visit: 26th July 2017 (walk 132).

Sheep on Brim Fell crags

A casually adventurous sheep on the crags of Brim Fell.

Bagged as number: First round: 79 out of 330. [ << Dow Crag (78)  (80) Coniston Old Man >> ]

Second round: 109 of 330. [ << Coniston Old Man (108)  (110) Green Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Goat’s Hause and left on the ridge to Coniston Old Man.

Second visit: Came in from the Old Man, descended via Levers Hause and Levers Water to Coniston.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Brim Fell is the mile-long whalebacked ridge linking Coniston Old Man with Swirl How…. Throughout its length the ridge is furnished with a most excellent turf, firm and dry and a pleasure to tread, but the featureless top, where a few stones intrude, is without interest.”

Brim Fell and Dow Crag

Brim Fell (left) and Dow Crag, from below Grey Friar

What I say: If Brim Fell rose alone in, say, Shropshire I am sure it would be a famous object, but here it fades into the background despite its considerable height and good views. I am sure no one ever climbs it as the sole object of an expedition though probably many pass over its summit as they traverse the ridge. Probably, ascending it via one of the direct routes depicted in Wainwright’s chapter will help, and going down via Levers Hause does help give an impression of its build.

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  1. […] Walk 132 (pictured, 26th July): Coniston Old Man and Brim Fell […]

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