Date & Time: Saturday 19th July 2008. 5.25 pm start.

Location of Start : The fork in the road, SW corner of Great Mell Fell, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 407 247 )

Places visited : Up and back, to the top of Great Mell Fell via it's southerly path.

Walk details : 2.2 mls, 875 ft of ascent, 1 hr 25 mins.

Highest point : Great Mell Fell 1,760ft ( 537m )

Walked with : Jo, Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : A wet day which should have cleared by now. We go for a walk anyway, hoping for the best !

We parked by the fork in the road . . . . Look carefully and you can see it too !


We parked where the Racy Cottage track meets the road that goes between the Great and the Little Mell Fells.

As we got out of the car Ann and Jo spotted a bit of litter by the car - say no more - but the old jokes are the best !

We walked up the track leading up the southern side of the fell.
Don't take the first fork, I mean first stile, but carry straight on.
The woodland cleared as we walk up the track.
At the second gate, the weather had cleared too.

Looking back we are getting a clearer view of Little Mell Fell and Greenrow House (B&B).

Classic wind blown trees as we climb the fell.

Looking south the skies are wild, but the lovely sunshine has reached St Sunday Crag.

Looking west though, there's another squall heading across from the Blencathra direction.

A few minutes later it reaches Ullswater and St Sunday has disappeared again !

Near the top we get views clear views north towards Penruddock and the distant cloud covered Pennines.

A feint rainbow can be seen over the village.

The breezy summit of Great Mell Fell.

A small cairn and some raised ground mark the top, this is presumably the tumulus shown on the map.

The sunshine is driving the clouds away from the Pennines.

Penrith and the Eden Valley are clear.

Carrock Fell is in the shadow of another rain shower, and I think this one is heading our way.

Threlkeld has another patch of rain despite the tops being clear.

Fine shafts of light now as gaps in the cloud allow the sun to illuminate the rain shower below.

Dark clouds and bright sun . . . a great combination and a great picture show from the top of Great Mell Fell.

Ten minutes later we are part way down, and Clough Head is clear and sunny once again .

Where did that shower go . . . looks like Ullswater and St Sunday Crag are getting the worst of it.

Our personal rain shower has caught up with us, but it's not heavy enough for Ann and Jo to put their hoods up.

Peace and calm after the rain storm . . . Matterdale takes on a Summer mantle again

The weekend fine weather forecast was a little late coming to fruition as it's now nearly seven o'clock

[ In which case tomorrow is should be a fine day too. Keep your fingers crossed.]

Back down to the car as we reverse our upward route.

Must remember to pick up that fork !


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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.

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Previous walk - 16th July 2008 An "opened out" Knock Murton

A previous time up here - 14th June 2006 Great Mell Fell and the Cotton Tails

From my Guest Book the following day :-

Hi . . . Re your walk up Great Mell Fell on Saturday 19th July.

I like your reference to the fork. I went up this fell earlier in the day and this was left by 2 car loads of girls who, judging by their clothes, were on a Hen party !!

John ( Manchester )

Thanks John . . . We only noticed the one fork, no party hats or anything elso for that matter !