Great Mell Fell

Height: 537 metres / 1762 feet Grid reference: NY 39682 25363 Category: The Eastern Fells

Blencathra from the summit of Great Mell Fell (plus Connie aged 4)

Blencathra from the summit of Great Mell Fell (plus Connie aged 4)

Blencathra from Great Mell Fell

Blencathra from Great Mell Fell

Great Mell & Little Mell Fells

Start point: Brownrigg Farm (NY 407 247)

Great Mell Fell from Brownrigg Farm

Distance: 2 miles     Total Ascent: 275 metres   Time Taken: 45 minutes     Start Time: 11:35

Weather: Dull (on many levels!). 8C

What can I say? Not my favourites as already documented…but I was out.

 

Start point: The Hause (NY 423 235)

Little Mell Fell from The Hause

Distance: 0.7 miles     Total Ascent: 120 metres     Time Taken: 20 minutes     Start Time: 12:30

Better views from this one but I drove round to it rather than walking.

Great Mell Fell

Start point: Brownrigg Farm  (NY 407 247)

Great Mell Fell from Brownrigg Farm

Distance: 2 miles     Total Ascent: 275 metres    Time Taken: 45 minutes

Weather: Heavy showers. 8oC.

It is 3 years almost to the day that I was last on top of Great Mell Fell and I thought of that walk as I climbed. It was memorable as Connie was with me that day and some of the things we got up to made me smile; the weather turned out to be remarkably similar too. I ended up at Great Mell Fell almost by accident today as it was not my intended walk – that was over in Mardale – but the rain over there was like stair rods bouncing higher than the car. This upturned pudding basin stood out clearly from the greyness of most of the rest of the Lake District so that was good enough for me. I have to admit that this is far from my favourite and Great Mell and Little Mell Fells would certainly be in my bottom 10. Walking grassy and boggy slopes does not really do it for me; I much prefer some Lakeland rock underfoot but that was not to be today.

Great Mell Fell

Start point: Brownrigg Farm  (NY 407 247)

Great Mell Fell (320) from Brownrigg Farm

Distance: 2 miles     Total Ascent: 250 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: A mixed bag, sunny with a fierce hailstorm at the end. The temperature was 8oC when we set off, 4oC when we got back to the car dropping to 2oC and then back up to 11oC on the way home!

The sun started shining by the time we reached Ullswater at lunchtime. We stopped off near Glencoyne Bridge to see Wordsworth’s daffodils before ascending Great Mell Fell, that great pudding basin, in the sunshine. We had good views from the top with plenty of snow visible on the higher fells. On the way down we could see a band of hailstones coming from the east which caught us just before we got to the car. Great Mell Fell and all views were completely obliterated when the storm reached us.

3 Short walks

Walk 1 – Cow Bridge – Dovedale – Hart CragHartsop Above How (193) – Cow Bridge

Cloud coming in on the tops with a cold wind.

 

Walk 2 – Great Mell Fell (194) from Brownrigg Farm

Weather worsening now, turning to rain with a lot of cloud.

 

Walk 3 – Little Mell Fell (195) from The Hause

Weather even worse now with gale force winds.