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Mell Fells and Gowbarrow

Mell Fells and Gowbarrow

Postby andy63 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:55 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Gowbarrow Fell, Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell

Date walked: 06/01/2015

Time taken: 5.8

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 950m

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These three small hills on the north western edge of the Lake District can be joined together by a longish circular walk.
I parked in a layby at The Hause just south of Little Mell Fell. From here it's only a short climb up to the summit - not very pleasant on this occasion as it was freezing cold and wet, and there was no view.The weather impoved later in the day.

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Little Mell Fell

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Little Mell summit

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returning to the Hause I then followed the road down towards Ullswater before turning right onto a path which goes through Swinburn Park and up to Gowbarrow Fell.

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Gowbarrow Fell ascent

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Old shooting box

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Gowbarrow summit and Great Mell Fell

As well a s the summit with the trig point I also visited another summit just to the south which, according to recent measurements, is actually slightly higher.

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Alternative summit

I then followed the path which runs alongside the wall towards Dockray before turning right onto a path signposted to Ulcat Row.

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Ulcat Row

From Ulcat Row it's a bit more than a mile along minor roads to the base of Great Mell Fell. There's a good path up to the top, although it was a bit boggy on the summit.

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Great Mell ascent

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Great Mell summit

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View from Great Mell Fell

Great Mell Fell is covered with lots of gnarly little trees which look like they've been blown out of shape by the wind.

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On the way back to the car, the footpath between Brownrigg and Greenhow farms was very muddy. It probably would have been easier to go back along the road.
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Re: Mell Fells and Gowbarrow

Postby simon-b » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:13 pm

A good three fells to link. As you say, the low level paths can get wet and then it's perhaps better to accept a bit of road walking.
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Re: Mell Fells and Gowbarrow

Postby nigheandonn » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:58 pm

I found the paths a bit difficult even if summer - it was somewhere around Brownrigg farm that I got impaled on barbed wire! Nice little hills, though.
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Re: Mell Fells and Gowbarrow

Postby mike202 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:10 pm

Good walk linking all three, :clap: I've done them all separately ! :crazy:

Lovely area of the lakes. :)
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