Steel Fell and the Travellers' Rest

Steel Fell and the Travellers’ Rest.

Height: 1811 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 18th January 2011 (walk 30). Second visit: 28th June 2019 (walk 165).

Steel Fell summit cairn

Steel Fell summit cairn: Seat Sandal behind.

Bagged as numberFirst round: 99 out of 330. [ << Calf Crag (98)  (100) Gibson Knott >> ]

Second round: 207 of 330. [ << High Raise (Central) (206)  (208) Clints Crags >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Approached along the ridge from Calf Crag. Descended down  the south ridge to Helmside, a quite pleasant descent, on comfortable grass for most of the way and with good views of Helm Crag’s wacky and phallic summit.

Second visit: Much the same in the end except that I came up from the Wythburn valley below, having bypassed Calf Crag. Same descent.

Steel Fell

Steel Fell from Armboth lane end, at the head of Thirlmere.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Travellers north on the main road over Dunmail Raise are accompanied on the west side soon after leaving Town Head, Grasmere, by a rising ridge of high ground that culminates in a formidable wall of rough fell overlooking the pass itself and then falls abruptly to valley level before Thirlmere is reached. This familiar height is Steel Fell. It stands on a triangular base, being bounded on the other two sides by the deep troughs of Greenburn and Wythburn…”

Foxgloves and Steel Fell

Looking back up to Steel Fell, with Greenburn Bottom on the left, in foxglove season.

What I say: Steel Fell. at the back, is a little soggy (like much of the rest of the Central Fells) and has one of those annoying approaches during which one will think three or four times that the final summit rise has been reached, only to attain the crest and see yet more walking ahead; and quite a bit of it too, in each case. But the final impression is a decent one, due to variety of views (the only point of the day in which Thirlmere was visible, for example) and a pleasant descent that after an initial bit of steepness, is gentle on the feet and knees, and leads more-or-less directly to a fine little pub, the Travellers’ Rest — as pictured at the top of this page. It’s a good combination, and a fine way to end a day’s walking.

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One Response to “Steel Fell”

  1. […] more fells on walk 165, namely one of the two High Raises (the one in the Central Fells) and nearby Steel Fell. I did this walk slightly differently than the normal pattern; instead of being on the 06:45 from […]

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