Gowbarrow Fell, Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell

Name of walk Gowbarrow Fell, Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell
Date of walk 2011-02-16
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine and blue skies
Peaks on walk Gowbarrow, Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Various, see text.
Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the Aira Force National Trust car park on the shores of Ullswater to climb Gowbarrow (1579ft). An easy walk of four miles. We did this walk almost two years ago to the day. Ged didn`t remember the route at all at. He says that now he is in his seventies every walk is new to him!
We then on to Great Mell Fell (1760ft) and Little Mell Fell (1657ft).
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On crossing the bridge we took the higher path which leads to a gate to the open fell. The route then heads around the side of the fell.

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Looking south down Ullswater. The forecast was good but there was to be cloud on the higher fells and 45 mph winds so we decided on three low fell walks. Lyulph's Tower below.

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Lyulph`s Tower in close up. An old shooting Lodge.

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A new top to match my hat! I can now scare deer from at least half a mile!

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Kas leads the way towards Yew Crag.

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View north to Bonscale Pike and Arthur's Pike from Yew Crag.

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Ruins of an old shooting box

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Gowbarrow summit cairn with Great Mell Fell on the left and Little Mell Fell on the right.

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Snow capped Great Dodd and Clough Head.

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Looking down on the Aira Force viewpoint from the bridge.

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From the viewpoint looking back up to the bridge. A lovely rainbow today! This walk took us two and a half hours.

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We then drove to Brownrigg Farm to walk up Great Mell Fell. A walk of two miles. One of the wind-swept trees!

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Kas knows the way!

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Me on the summit with Blencathra and Souther Fell behind.

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Heading back down with Little Mell Fell on the left.

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We then drove to The Hause to climb the steep path up Little Mell Fell. Only a mile there and back. View from the field gate.

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Looking back down to the car and across to Little Meldrum....I said it was steep!

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From the summit looking back at Great Mell Fell.

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Kas and me on the summit. It took us all of 12 minutes to reach it! Good views all around.

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We then drove down to the shores of Ullswater.

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It was still enough for some good reflections.

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Place Fell on the left.

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Ged getting in to position to take that perfect shot.

A lovely, warm spring day!
Jo.
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