Great Mell Fell at sunrise

Great Mell Fell at sunrise

Height: 1760 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 2nd July 2012 (walk 58). Second visit: 6th February 2017 (walk 124).

The woods on the descent

The woods on the eastern slopes of Great Mell Fell

Bagged as numberFirst round: 180 of 330. [ << Wansfell (179)  (181) Little Mell Fell >> ]

Second round: 90 of 330. [ << Little Mell Fell (89)  (91) Castle Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from the Troutbeck Hotel, via the old rifle range. Descended to Brownrigg and went on from there to Little Mell Fell.

Second visit: Reversed all this. Coming down this way is a very steep descent, and needs care.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 1of his chapter): “Great Mell Fell is a prominent object on the Penrith approach to Lakeland. With its lesser twin, Little Mell Fell, it forms the portals to the Helvellyn range on this side. Its round, ‘inverted pudding basin’ shape does not promise much for the walker, and it is rarely climbed. On closer acquaintance, however, it is rather more enjoyable than its appearance suggests, because of the presence of fine woodlands on the lower slopes…”

Summit of Great Mell Fell

Summit of Great Mell Fell, looking to Blencathra

What I say: Great Mell Fell and her sister, Little Mell Fell (and they are female: look at the picture at the bottom of the walk 49 page, if you don’t believe me) have long been appearing in photographs taken on other walks – this senior sibling more than her junior one. The lines of the fell are clean and soft, and I kind of like the way it looks. Its appearance as the model for the best ‘fell at sunrise’ picture I’ve managed on this whole project – see above – means I can’t ever feel that bad towards it.

Great Mell Fell from Grisedale Pike

Great Mell Fell from Grisedale Pike, with the Pennines behind

As a climb, it was a stiff haul up the northern, steeper face of the breast (there, I said it), and, on my second visit, a tricky descent the other way. But it does have a good view at the top, and I agree with Wainwright that the woods are attractive. It has also always photographed well. Not an exciting fell, but not a dislikeable one by any means.

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One Response to “Great Mell Fell”

  1. […] early. It took me from Pooley Bridge at the foot of Ullswater, over Dunmallet, Little Mell Fell and Great Mell Fell: not particularly exciting walking, but what I needed, and the views were […]

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