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Great Mell Fell walk from Brownrigg Farm

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Great Mell Fell is probably one of the easiest 'Wainwrights' to conquer and is ideal for a short pre lunch walk, or if you are in the Lakes for the weekend, use as an easy Sunday walk to stretch the legs after a longer walk on Saturday. Great Mell Fell can also be used as an ideal introduction to fell walking and is great for children to experience a climb and be rewarded with fantastic views, especially across to Blencathra. From the roadside parking near to Brownrigg Farm, head up the track and then join the path that encircles Great Mell Fell. After a short distance, the path starts its climb, initially through bracken and then past withered, twisted wind blown trees. It then continues climbing along a well worn path, sometimes a little boggy in places to soon reach the summit. The panorama is wide ranging, with Blencathra to the West-North-West the obvious highlight. The wide expanse of the Eden valley from North to East provides a contrast to the Lakeland Fells, which make up the rest of the panorama. The route up is retraced back to the parking area.

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Parking: The walk starts from the roadside parking close to Brownrigg Farm, on the minor road from Matterdale End up to the A66, passing between Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell. There is parking for 4 or 5 cars at the entrance to the lane walked up at the start of the walk (grid reference NY 407 246).
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words:
Walk distance: 2.2 miles (3.4 Km)
Estimated walk time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Height climbed: 280 metres
Grade: 1-B: A short walk that requires modest uphill walking
Peaks / summits: Great Mell Fell
Wainwrights: Great Mell Fell: 1762ft / 537m - 154th highest
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL5 (The English Lakes - North-eastern Area)
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Walk features: Birds, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Views, Wildlife, Woods
Facilities / refreshments: None at the start or on the walk. Pubs and cafes available within 4 mile radius at Troutbeck, Penruddock and Pooley Bridge
Nearest town: Pooley Bridge
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Walk Tags: Video walk, Great Mell Fell walk, Lake District walk, Lake District, Cumbria, Brownrigg Farm, Wainwright, Blencathra, Troutbeck walk, Penruddock walk, Pooley Bridge walk
Video run time: 16 minutes 20 seconds


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