Ullscarf, from Greenup

Ullscarf, from Greenup.

Height: 2370 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 7th October 2011 (walk 45). Second visit: 13th June 2018 (walk 147).

The summit of Ullscarf.

The summit of Ullscarf. Skiddaw range in the background.

Bagged as number: First round: 139 of 330. (‘139 sir. Special celebration. Passover.’) [ << Black Fell (138)  (140) Great Crag >> ]

Second round: 151 of 330. [ << High Tove (150)  (152) Hen Comb >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from Grasmere, via Far Easdale and Greenup, which while not listed as a route in Wainwright, is quite practicable (it’s about 5 miles from Grasmere to the summit). Left along the ‘ridge‘ (more a gently sloping moorland) to Great Crag.

Second visit: Came in along the ridge from High Tove. Descended via Far Easdale to Grasmere.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 4 of his chapter): “Of all the Lakeland fells over 2,000 feet Ullscarf will generally be adjudged the most central, and it is a pity that Nature has not endowed it with a distinctive superstructure worthy of the honour. If only the crags extended a thousand feet higher, and if only the summit took the shape of a Matterhorn! Instead of which, the top of the fell is the dullest imaginable. The most central, perhaps, but not, alas, a very distinguished pivot!”

Ullscarf from Watson's Dodd

Ullscarf viewed across Thirlmere, from Watson’s Dodd. Picture taken on walk 47.

What I say: Ullscarf has  superlative views to all directions – south to Morecambe Bay, east the Helvellyn Range, north to Skiddaw and Bass Lake, and west/southwest to the Scafells and Lakeland’s highest peak. But beyond that it has very little going for it. The upper few hundred feet of the fell is a dull, rather marshy and flat moorland. This is not a place to be in mist, as landmarks are sorely lacking and the ridge indefinite. I did the walk in from High Tove after a long period of dry weather, and it was not without interest (Standing Crag is quite impressive), but Wainwright calls this ‘the swampiest ridge in the District’ and not without justification. All in all I would not try to bag Ullscarf on anything other than a fine, dry day.

Presumably Ullscarf is named for the same Norse cheiftain, ‘Ulf’ who, it seems, gave his name to Ullswater. It’s one of only two ‘U’ fells in the 214, the other being Ullock Pike. I wonder what an Ullock is. A young Ull, perhaps.

[ << Ullock Pike      Walla Crag >> ]

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