Fellbarrow

Fellbarrow seen from the north

Height: 1363 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 1st September 2010 (walk 24).

Fellbarrow from the south

Fellbarrow from the south (the descent of Low Fell)

Second visit: 18th June 2019 (walk 164).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 78 out of 330. [ << Arnison Crag (77)  (79) Low Fell >> ]

Second round: 204 out of 330. [ << Hartsop Dodd (203)  (205) Low Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:First visit: Ascended from Lorton: not without some difficulty on the day due to the bridge over the Cocker being down, but it’s open again by now. Left on the ridge to Low Fell.

Second visit: Came in from Cockermouth, which from town centre to summit is about 6.5 miles, via the Cocker valley and the northern fell road. Left for Low Fell as before.

Fellbarrow, from Asby

Looking to Fellbarrow, from the village of Asby. The summit is on the right-most dome.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “The Vale of Lorton is sheltered on the west by a low range of grassy rounded hills uncharacteristic of Lakeland and not really part of it, this despite having southern roots in Loweswater amid scenery that is wholly typical of the district.  The range has several tops of approximately the same height, none of them distinctive because the undulations are shallow, but the northern half builds up on all sides to the massive flattened dome of Fellbarrow….

“The traverse of the Fellbarrow range on a clear sunny day is one of the most rewarding of the simpler fellwalks, although not often undertaken. Its particular merit, apart from the easy going, is the beautiful view of the Buttermere-Crummock valley, which is seen to perfection. To enjoy it fully, walk the range from north to south.”

View south from Fellbarrow summit

View south from Fellbarrow summit. Mellbreak is the dark triangle in the middle distance.

What I say: I heartily endorse everything said in that last paragraph. Despite being a bit windier on my second visit, both of them have taken place on days of very fine weather, and that walk to nearby Low Fell is very well worth doing on such a day. I also note the fine views of Cockermouth and over the north Cumbrian plain to Scotland.

Fellbarrow itself was nothing more than a grassy hill, covered in a patchwork of fields, of the sort one might find in much of the rest of England; on another kind of day it might would have seemed boring. But on a glorious summer’s day such as  the two I experienced then it’s a fine place to while away a couple of hours and stretch the legs. It also seems remarkably deficient in other people; this is definitely a place to get away from it all.

Fellbarrow in distance

A more distant view of Fellbarrow, taken on walk 92. It is in the centre, with the Buttermere valley and the slopes of Grasmoor to the left, and the Loweswater Fells behind it.

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One Response to “Fellbarrow”

  1. […] I used the opportunity to get out on wak 164 and bag a couple of the more peripheral Wainwrights, Fellbarrow and Low Fell, in the north-west corner of the Lake District. There is not much to these fells […]

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