Gowbarrow Fell & Little Mell Fell

Green Hill
1450 feet
Gowbarrow Fell
1579 feet
Great Meldrum
1350 feet
Little Meldrum
1250 feet
Watermillock Fell
1320 feet
Little Mell Fell
1657 feet

Date                    19/11/2011

Walk done by:  Susan, Jed, Paul, Harvey and Ruby

Weather:            Dull and dry but improving to finish in sunshine.

Distance             8.5 miles. 2550ft of ascent

Started at:          Aira Force car park

An early start for this walk. Jed drove, and picked Susan up and then Paul. We were on the Motorway by 7.45. After an uneventful journey up the M6 and we had parked up by 9.45 on the Aira Force NT car park.

This was our first walk in the Lakes for almost a year and so we didn't want too strenuous a walk. But although this walk was never above 1700 ft, we actually climbed over 2500ft, not far short of our last walk up Bow Fell. No wonder we were tired by the time we got back to the car!!

In all we scaled 6 summits, two of which were Wainwrights. This walk is a beauty, with so many varied landscapes. The path back above Swinburns Park is fantastic, giving wonderful elevated views over Ullswater.



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Paul catching us up as we had left the map in the car


Aira Force


This is taken from near the bridge in the previous photo



Soon after leaving the woods around Aira Force this wonderful view greets us


Susan and two hikers in the distance are nearing Green Hill summit


Ullswater and St Sunday Crag in cloud, from Green Hill


View to the South west from Green Hill


Clouds remained all day over the fells to the south of us, whilst we were treated to some sunny spells.


Paul and Susan on Green Hill summit


The view to our next destination, Gowbarrow Fell


Harvey and Ruby crossing the marshy section


Crow on the trig point on Gowbarrow Fell


Gowbarrow summit. The hill far right, Little Mell Fell was our destination.


Gowbarrow Fell summit with Little Mell Fell in the distance


Paul and Susan make the tricky descent from Gowbarrow, avoiding the easy path to their right!!


Looking back to Gwbarrow Fell. Our next destination was Great Meldrum


Ullswater from the path to Great Meldrum




Gowbarrow from the slopes of Great Meldrum. From here we scaled Little Meldrumand Watermillock Fell


Paul and Paul leaving Watermillock Fell and descending to The Hause. Our last objective is ahead - Little Mell Fell


Paul on the steep slope to the summit


As Paul continues to climb, Harvey takes in the views whilst he waits for us to catch up


Ruby, Harvey and Paul having a frolic on Little Mell Fell


Kindly taken by a man from Wigan, here are all of us by the Trig Point on Little Mell Fell's summit


Watermillock Churh from the path through Swinburns Park


The excellent path back to Aira Force as the light fades.


A great walk on a lovely November day



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