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Great Mell Fell

Great Mell Fell


Postby richardkchapman » Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:27 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Great Mell Fell

Date walked: 17/04/2014

Time taken: 1.3

Distance: 3.5 km

Ascent: 270m

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Our last day of walking for this trip, and with the weather forecasting rain to come, tired legs, and packing to do, a short walk was the order of the day. Great Mell Fell was nearby and ticked all the boxes...

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View towards Little Mell Fell

We parked at the entrance to a lane near Brownrigg Farm. Looking across the valley towards Little Mell Fell the yellow gorse was looking lovely.

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Setting off up the track to Great Mell Fell

After following the track for a hundred yards or so, we turned off to the right onto the fell.

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Heading uphill

THe path follows the fence for a while before branching right up the hill.

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Windswept tree

One interesting feature of Great Mell Fell is the trees - they are scattered all over the fell right up to the summit, and look like they have lived really hard lives! The prevailing wind direction is easy to guess...

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Looking south

Clouds were fairly low so the views were not great.

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Little Mell Fell

An easy path with easy gradients lead up towards the summit.

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Entering the trees

Somewhat unexpectedly for a Wainwright ascent, about half way up we entered a wooded area (but not a dense forest plantation)

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Tired tree #1

I don't know if this tree is the one Wainwright drew as his "highest tree" - it's not the highest, though it is close - but it was an interesting specimen.

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Tired tree #2

The tree was lying pretty much on its side with branches rubbing holes in the floor.

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Tired tree #3

The canopy was so low to the ground that the moss was starting to form a new lawn a foot above the ground.

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Tired tree #4

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Flowering tree

On closer inspection the whole tree was covered in red flowers.

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Tent tree

Another nearby tree had a canopy so dense and low it looked like a tent. Could be handy for shelter if the rain came early...

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Great Mell Fell summit

Soon after these trees we were at the summit.

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Tent tree

We took a slightly different route down, just for a bit of variety, passing the "tent tree" on the other side.

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Fallen trees

All the trees up here showed evidence of a very hard existence, but some had obviously found it too hard.

A simple short walk, but pleasant enough, and about all we had the energy for today. Just as we reached the car it started to rain, so timing was pretty much perfect!
Last edited by richardkchapman on Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:19 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Great Mell Fell

Postby CharlesT » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:08 pm

Nice report on a pleasant small hill. Remember it well and the prone trees, thinking I wouldn't wish to be there on a very windy day! The prevailing westerlies must sweep through there with a vengeance. The flowers are the female ones of the European larch, Larix decidua, if you looked closely you might have seen the much smaller male flowers showing as yellow tufts on the opposite side of the branches. Guess the trees must be unpalatable to sheep.
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