Great Mell Fell

Height: 1,760 Feet - 537 Metres
Grid Ref: NY 397 253
Area: Eastern
Group: C/MEL
Ordnance Survey: OL5
Wainwright Guidebook: One

With its lesser twin, Little Mell Fell, it forms the portals to the Helvellyn range on this side. Its round 'inverted pudding basin' does not promise much for the walker and is rarely climbed. On closer acquaintance, however, it is rather more enjoyable than its appearance suggest because of the presence of the fine woodlands on the lower slopes: indeed pines and larches persist almost to the summit.


Map and Photo Gallery


The Scots Pines found in the higher woodland on route to Great Mell Fell summit.

David Hall and Rod Hepplewhite stand by the Great Mell Fell summit cairn.


There are 4 walks to choose from including Great Mell Fell

Walking the Birketts, Great Mell Fell

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23th November 2019
ASCENT: 920 Feet - 280 Metres
MILES: 2.75
BIRKETTS: Great Mell Fell
ROUTE: Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Disused Shooting Range - Brownrigg Farm

Walking the Wainwrights in 30 Walks - Walk 7 The Mell Fells to Glenridding Dodd

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25th March 2016
ASCENT: 4,800 Feet - 1,464 Meters
WAINWRIGHTS: 6, Great Mell Fell - Little Mell Fell - Gowbarrow Fell - Hart Side - Sheffield Pike - Glenridding Dodd
ROUTE: Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Brownrigg Farm - Jenny Hill - The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - Great Meldrum - Gowbarrow Fell – Aira Beck – Park Brow - Watermillock Common – Birkett Fell – Hart Side – Glencoyne Head – Nick Head - Sheffield Pike – Heron Pike - Glenridding Dodd – The Rake - Greenside Road - Ullswater Shore Path - Stybarrow Crag

Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell before the rain came

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31st October 2015
ASCENT: 2,000 Feet - 609 Meters
MILES: 6.3
WAINWRIGHTS: 2, Great Mell Fell - Little Mell Fell
ROUTE: Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Brownrigg Farm - Nabend Farm - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - Road back to Brownrigg Farm

Lakeland’s Eastern Frontiers

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9th October 2011
ASCENT: 1,950 Feet, 595 Meters
MILES: 6.5
WAINWRIGHTS: 2, Little Mell Fell & Great Mell Fell
ROUTE: Brown Rigg Farm Lowthwaite The Hause Little Mell Fell Greenrow Great Barn Brown Rigg Farm Great Mell Fell

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