Little Mell Fell & Great Mell Fell
3D outline of route
Parking at the convenient lay-by between Little Mell Fell and Priest's Crag.
Setting off on the very short walk to the summit of Little Mell Fell. It does go slightly beyond the fellside view here, but it's only a 20 minute hike uphill.
Looking back down to the lay-by and Priest's Crag behind.
Little Mell Fell summit and it's ordnance survey column.
As I head roughly northwards in the direction of Great Mell Fell, a rain storm starts to move in, so it's time to don my waterproof over-trousers.
Looking back towards the summit of Little Mell Fell.
I followed the tree line as I descended down towards a small copse.
A left turn at the fence and then heading down in the direction of Great Mell Fell again. I soon turned right at the second gate.
Skirting just below the gorse bushes, I head towards the farm buildings at High Birchclose
I left the field via this small gate which is located at the lowest point in the field and stepped out onto the roadside.
Walking along the country lane with Great Mell Fell in full view.
Approaching the few parking spots near Brownrigg Farm where I often park myself. Just like the lay-by at Little Mell Fell, the turnover of cars is pretty frequent as walkers often nip up and down the fell and then press on (with their cars) to the next single fell.
Leaving the road and heading up the track.
I usually take the first right turn here (another lies further up the track, which I more often than not return by).
A slippery day today as I slip and slide in the muddy paths.
Gradually climbing all the time as the easy to follow path eventually turns left for a slightly steeper section.
As the rainfall increases, this section was already particularly wet and squelchy.
Out in the clear, not so dry fellside, as I look back towards Little Mell Fell where I had been not too long ago.
As always on Great Mell Fell, time should be taken to admire the weird shapes of the trees up here, where prevailing winds have shaped the individual exposed trees.
A brief interlude from the drizzle and rain showers, as a reasonable view over towards Gowbarrow Fell and Place Fell was briefly enjoyed.
Great Mell Fell summit.
You tend to find yourself leaning to one side when looking at these trees.
Straight on this time as I decided to return via the more direct route. Care needed to be taken on the descent, as landing on your backside after a slip could easily be enjoyed.
The second of the gates leading to the main track, this time on my return.
Heading back to the car as the rain got heavier and heavier - I had planned on doing another small walk before heading for home, but the weather looked set for the day and so I decided to call it a day.
Still picturesque, even in the pouring rain.