Saturday, 1 July 2000

Armboth Fell

Armboth Fell above Thirlmere
Height: 475m (1,558ft)
Prominence: 6m (20ft)
Region: Central Fells
Classifications: Wainwright
Summit feature: Rocky mound
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
The outcrop that marks the summit
What Wainwright said:

"Peak-baggers and record chasers may have cause to visit the summit, but other walkers may justifiably consider its ascent a waste of time and energy, for the flat desolate top is little more than a quagmire, a tangle of swamp and heather and mosses".

Armboth Fell is a domed plateau jutting out to the east of the Derwentwater-Thirlmere watershed. The fell is wet underfoot, with large areas clad in heather.

Armboth Fell joins the main ridge via a shallow depression, a little to the south of High Tove, and due east of Middle Crag. This boggy low point is the source of both Fisher Gill and Launchy Gill.

To quote Wainwright "walkers of a contrary turn of mind will summarily reject the advice to leave Armboth Fell well alone, and may indeed be strengthened in their determination to climb it"

A small rock outcrop forms the summit, complete with a cairn. A further knoll to the north east is of similar altitude. Much of the fell, particularly towards the main watershed, is very wet underfoot and the heather makes progress even more laborious.

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