Great Borne and Crummock Water

Great Borne from Whiteless Pike, across Crummock Water

Height: 2019 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: 28th July 2012 (walk 60a)

Great Borne summit

Great Borne summit. The fell in the background is Blake Fell.

Bagged as number:  183 of 330. [ << Knott (182)  (184) Starling Dodd >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Climbed up from Whins, in Ennerdale, via Floutern Pass. Left by the ridge to Starling Dodd.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Great Borne is the summit of the fell locally and correctly known as Herdus, an abbreviated version of the former name of Herdhouse. The fell is a familiar sight to West Cumbrians: from Ennerdale Water it rises as a massive buttress to the High Stile range. It is not prominent in views from other directions, however, and is not frequented by walkers.”

Bowness Knott

Bowness Knott, a subsidiary of Great Borne: not climbed by me, but an attractive-looking little peak and, supposedly, a great view of Ennerdale Water.

What I say: Like all first fells bagged on any walk, Great Borne did have the chance to introduce itself to me properly, and the walk there felt like a fulfilling one: the climb was not a difficult one and the route was easy to find (the fence up from Floutern Pass has been rebuilt and leads you accurately to the summit). The views ahead into Ennerdale were very good and promised much for the rest of the walk so it was a good precursor. However, looked at in more relative terms, it’s not a particularly distinctive fell. Bowness Knott looks worth a visit however (see picture).

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