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: 186 of 330. [ << Knott (185)  (187) 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 as far as Floutern Pass, then went 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 little peak and, supposedly, a great view of Ennerdale Water.

What I say: On my first visit I bagged 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 steep but not difficult and the route was easy to find (the fence up from Floutern Pass has been rebuilt and leads you accurately to the summit, although to reiterate, 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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