Meal Fell from below

Meal Fell from below, dropping down to the Ellen

Height: 1770 feet above sea level in the first edition was Wainwright’s estimate. The OS have since been on the case and the official height is now recorded in the second edition as 1804′.

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 16th October 2010 (walk 26). Second visit: 6th April 2018 (walk 144).

Bagged as number: First round: 84 out of 330. [ << Great Cockup (83)  (85) Great Sca Fell >> ]

Second round: 143 of 330. [ << Longlands Fell (142)  (144) Great Cockup >> ]

Meal Fell summit

Meal Fell summit, with Skiddaw behind

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Trusmadoor, having come off Great Cockup, and left on the ridge to Great Sca Fell.

Second visit: Came over from Longlands Fell, went on to Great Cockup.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): ‘Although of small and slender proportions, this fell is distinctive and its summit is unusual…. The smooth grassy slopes, badly eroded where they drop steeply into the bounding ravines, have little of interest, the one remarkable feature being the great cleft of Trusmadoor, which conclusively marks the boundary between the fell and the second elevation on the ridge, Great Cockup.’

Meal Fell above Trusmadoor

Meal Fell from Great Cockup: the slope goes down into Trusmadoor below

What I say: Trusmadoor is OK, maybe not quite worth the eulogies Wainwright gives it in the Meal Fell chapter. It may seem more exciting than it is because of the relative dearth of rock and steepness round here. Actually I thought the best bit about Meal Fell was the summit, a strange little place which almost seems to have a natural ‘rampart’ around the main cairn, almost like a small volcanic crater, though that’s geologically impossible here. And the cairn itself is a ring-shaped structure, a shelter in fact. It’s the most interesting summit in its immediate vicinity.

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  1. […] of Skiddaw. I bagged five peaks on my second round, the two on Caermote Hill, then Longlands Fell, Meal Fell and Great Cockup from the Northern […]

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