Walk                 : Great Mell Fell from Brownrigg Farm & Little Mell Fell from TheHause

                        Date                 : 11th  March 2016

                        Weather           : Dry, poor visibility, variable cloud

                        Route Details    : Both walks centred from between Matterdale and Watermillock

                        Distance           : @ 3 miles

 

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        A number a walking firsts today, on these 2 minor Eastern Wainwright fells. Sue`s first walk of the year, my first walk wearing

                                    newly fitted contact lenses … (Wow !! this Lake District area is more beautiful than I thought). Even more daunting, we had the

                                    dubious pleasure of the company of Jones, our 8 year old opinionated cairn terrier who normally stays at Sues’ Mums when we are

                                    in Lakeland largely on account of him being a complete pain in the backside both in the car and when out in the presence of other dogs.

                                               

                                    These two small Wainwright’s at the side of Ullswater are ideal “tasters” for anyone wishing to take up Fell Walking, and with the

                                    minimum of effort afford some stunning views from the Helvellyn range in the East to Blencathra and beyond in the North.

 

                                    A 3d view of the walks

                                                 

 

                                                Great Mell Fell starting from Brownrigg Farm, Matterdale End       Little Mell Fell starting from The Hause near Watermillock

 

 

The walk up to Great Mell Fell starts approximately a mile north east from Matterdale End just past Brownrigg Farm. A stony track

branches off the minor road to the left and provides a very limited parking space for no more than 2 or 3 cars

 

 

So, before we start the walk, Sue lays out some ground rules to Jones on what is expected in terms of behaviour

 

 

Jones exercises his right of reply, he really does love his Mum !!!

 

 

With everything agreed upon and Sue put firmly in her place, we are ready to set off up the stony track

 

 

Heading off

 

 

It seems obvious that you should go through the first gate you come to on the right that has the National Trust signpost. Ignore this

 

 

About two to three hundred yards further on the right is a gate and stile through which a path climbs that gives access to the open fell side

 

 

Along the path and on to the open fell, and a glance left across to the snow capped Helvellyn range

 

 

And behind us, what will be the second Fell of the day … Little Mell Fell

 

 

Stay on the track until a very pronounced path on the right with foot holes carved into it cuts its way up the side of the Fell

 

 

Looking over Matterdale towards Stybarrow Dodd and Great Dodd

 

 

The grass path swings to the right a little over some boggy ground

 

 

 

Aim to the middle left of the Pine plantation following the line carved by the track. There are a number of paths through it, but this one

seems to be the most popular

 

 

Through the plantation

 

 

Carry on for about another ten minutes or so over very muddy terrain and the summit cairn comes into view

 

 

Having patched up their differences, Sue and Jones on the summit with a moody looking Blencathra in the back ground

 

A 360 degree panoramic from the summit … https://youtu.be/4S56RJ_sbDA

 

 

 

Blencathra close up

 

 

A snow capped Clough Head that flanks the Keswick bound A66

 

 

We journey back down and bump into these guys, who seem quite disinterested with an approaching Cairn Terrier who by

now is straining on the leash

 

 

Runner and rider for next weeks Cheltenham Festival ??? – may be not

 

 

We then journeyed by car round to the start of the second walk up Little Mell Fell. This starts on the minor road between

Matterdale End and Watermillock. A five barred steel gate near a small covered Reservoir leads across a field

 

 

Wade through the mud across to a broken gate to gain direct access to the fell side

 

 

A wooden sign posts indicates the grooved path to take to the summit

 

 

Looking back to Ullswater from the path

 

 

At an obvious point the path veers off to the right up the foot holds

 

 

Looking back down to the start of the walk

 

 

After a short distance, the crest of the slope is reached and the ground flattens off to reveal the summit trig point cairn

 

 

The summit of Little Mell Fell with “Spit the Dog” …. After a short while we made our way back to the car and decided on a quick visit

to the nearby Aira Force waterfalls ..

 

 

Following the path down from Park Brow car park, the first sight of the falls

 

 

And down at the viewing platform … absolutely spectacular

 

 

The raw power of nature !!!

 

 

Looking south back down towards Glenridding and Patterdale from the exit to the Car Park

 

 

 

 

 

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