Great Mell Fell

The views from this diminutive fell far exceed one's expectations. To the north west an uninterrupted view of Blencathra appears only once you reach the summit. Until then the views are south towards Ullswater and the Helvellyn range, over your right shoulder a fine view of Little Mell Fell.

The lower slopes are clothed in bracken with a mix of oak, larch and Scots pine. Higher up the trees struggle to survive, the wind often blowing them over, the lucky ones take on weird shapes. Bracken makes way for tussocky grass. The ground is moist, boggy in places, mosses a bit of a give away that there is water lurking not far below.

Between the fell and Troutbeck is a disused rifle range. It was operating during the war years and at least into the 1950's. The War Department, now Ministry of Defence, didn't like people on the fell and restricted access. Now the fell is owned by the National Trust who refer to it simply as "Mell Fell".

The summit Tumulus - a burial mound, is thought to date from the Bronze age around 2400 to 1500 BC.

Here we offer you the straight forward out and back route. Exploration is encouraged, but best left to the vagaries of the moment.

Parking is at the end of the rough lane, a small muddy pull-in barely off the road can cope with 3 well placed cars.