Join Julie climbing Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and Hartsop above How

Thursday 15 May

Feeling (slightly) refreshed from my ‘time off’ the previous day, we decided to take in another couple of small fells, which actually turned into three.

We drove past Brownrigg Farm, between Matterdale End and Dockray and found a spot which had just enough space for three carefully parked cars. Great Mell Fell was a very pretty climb, completely safe for a novice walker or child. Quite a variety of landscapes; trees interspersed with open fell.

With that one tucked under our belts, it was necessary to return the same way. Walking distance between Great Mell and Little Mell was 4.7 miles according to the map, however as this would have meant retracing our steps to collect the car, we drove.

The journey took about ten minutes. There was a decent size lay-by on the other side of the road to the footpath at The Hause, near Watermillock.

We were up and down Little Mell in less than an hour and decided to visit Aira Force for lunch. Mr JH announced that as we hadn’t really been stretched(!) maybe another fell to round things off this holiday? Not sure if I cried but I think he got the message. So we returned to Patterdale and I sent him on his merry way aboard Shanks’s pony to climb Hartsop above How.

Great Mell Fell – don’t be misled by the sign; the path takes you round, not up. Had to scramble through a lot of fallen debris to reach the ascent. There is an easier way up just along the lane but only found that on the way back.


I’m no expert but suspect the wind comes from the left?


Yes, this is the top!

IMG_20190516_122612173Little Mell Fell; makes the previous summit look interesting; but wait…


Amazingly, we found this – a trig point!


Then Mr JH went off on his own and got all arty on Hartsop above How

IMG_20190516_143942455_HDRLooks quite spectacular… think I missed out!

This completes our meander through the Lakes in May. We ate lots of food; Mr JH broke a tooth, we met lots of lovely walking folk and all-in-all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. (Apart from the tooth incident and trying to ring the dentist from the top of a fell in a howling gale.) We hope to return for more adventures in September.   

About Julie Haiselden

Between 1999-2019, I worked in the NHS and am now a Church of England verger and National Trust room guide. I've written three published novels and am an amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and taking photos. Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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