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Little Fell - A guided walk to a forbidden mountain
by Broggy1 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:29 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Little Fell (North Pennines)
Date walked: 11/07/2015
Time taken: 5.45
Distance: 15.2 km
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After climbing Mickle Fell last year I had been looking for a way to climb Little Fell this year. After contacting the AONB I got an email inviting me on this guided walk on Saturday and I was delighted to take them up on the offer with the added bonus being that Little Fell was my last remaining English Hewitt.
We met at 10am prompt in the little village of Hilton just outside of Appleby and the two guides talked us through the safety for the day - giving us insight into the kind of terrain we were heading in to in the Warcop MOD Range.
The route initially involved a very easy and pleasant wander through the excellent valley of Scordale (available to walk along on any non firing day) with the charming Hilton Beck as company.
At several points throughout the walk our guides stopped us to offer insight into the area and the surroundings and they both came across as very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do.
After the walk steepened at the head of Scordale we then made our way over pathless and wet terrain towards Little Fell where we found a small cairn marking the highest point - or as near as could be with other surrounding tufts of grass running it close.
After this we made our way over to the broken down Trig Point and shelter before taking a pathless descent into Swindale - passing a few army shells along the way.
All that remained now was a pleasant walk through Swindale back into Scordale and back to Hilton.
I'd recommend this walk to anybody and would say it far outweighs the idea of risking trespassing with the AONB or the Warcop Range both happier for hill baggers to take this option. Just get in touch with them!
For me personally the walk was slower than the pace I would usually go at but the plus points were obviously that I had more time to enjoy my surroundings (Scordale particularly is a beautiful valley) and that map reading was not needed!
by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:33 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:39 pm
by Broggy1 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:34 am
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Strangely enough I was just thinking about Little Fell earlier today. The thought of a guided walk is not my thing but it looks like a canny day out. I do have a distant hankering for completing the English Hewitts one day so and this option looks better than trespassing on land that might just have something ready to blow my leg off
It's a good walk and while not something I'd guess you would want to do a great deal it does make a nice exception for this hill - particularly as you say with it being on the MOD land (although I'm sure the risk is minimal).
by Broggy1 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:35 am
ChrisW wrote:Always nice to see more of the North Pennines Broggy, particularly when it's a much less travelled area. It would be worth doing just for the experience, it's a shame it wasn't at your pace but slower than normal pace beats faster every time
Yes I'd certainly recommend it as a one off for the experience as you say!
by john923 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:51 pm
by Broggy1 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:25 pm
john923 wrote:Thanks for posting this. I too have had my eye on doing this walk sometime as the easiest way to bag this hill. Is it still the case that it's run just once a year? I wouldn't be surprised if others approach surreptitiously from Mickle Fell on the more regular access weekends but the peaty mass between the two is not very enticing. Were there no takers for Roman Fell or was that completely off limits?
Yes my understanding is once a year (although he did say they did it twice last year). Best bet is to get in touch with the MOD or the AONB themselves.
I was well up for Roman Fell but don't think the guide wanted to!
Sure you are right. There is a bridleway between Little Fell and Roman Fell that you are allowed to walk on non shooting days and of course you can walk Scordale on them days as well. So pretty sure a lot of folk use these as a route to avoided the guided aspect.
by simon-b » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:04 pm
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