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: First visit: 28th July 2012 (walk 60a). Second visit: 7th July 2018 (walk 148).

Great Borne summit

Great Borne summit. Blake Fell is the peak behind the trig point.

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

Second round: 154 of 330. [ << Starling Dodd (153)  (155) Arnison Crag >> ]

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

Second visit: Reversed this, though once I descended to Floutern Pass I went back down to Loweswater (via Whiteoak Beck).

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: On my first visit I did bag Great Borne as the first fell on a walk, and that always gives the chance for a fell to introduce itself to me properly. 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, although it is a very steep climb). The views ahead into Ennerdale were very good and promised much for the rest of the walk so it was a good precursor.

Great Borne and cottongrass

Great Borne (and cottongrass) from Floutern Pass

The second visit, which was on the way down, was less revealing: perhaps I should have tried to come at it from a different angle but the chance never really emerged. So I don’t feel like I’ve seen all that Great Borne has to offer, and by now may never do so. Bowness Knott looks worth a visit however (see picture).

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One Response to “Great Borne”

  1. […] me round some of the more obscure fells in Wainwright’s volume 7: Hen Comb, Starling Dodd and Great Borne. It’s a logical walk though, heading south from the foot of Crummock Water and into the […]

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