Saturday, 1 July 2000

Black Fell

Black Fell
Height: 323m (1,060ft)
Prominence: 126m (413ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Trig pillar
Times climbed: 2
Related trip report:
Black Fell - 06/06/2015
Black Fell & Holme Fell - 03/03/2013
Black Crag marks the summit of Black Fell
What Wainwright said:

"Everyone knows Tarn Hows, but few the summit of the fell rising behind, above immature plantations and slopes richly coloured in bracken, to the northeast. This is Black Fell".

Black Fell forms a high point of a hilly area between Langdale, Coniston and Windermere. Wainwright saved a chapter for Black Fell thanks to its fine position as a viewpoint and, in Wainwright's opinion, represents the perimeter of the Lakeland Fells.

Tarn Hows sits to the south of Black Fell, an artificially landscaped scene conjured up by James Marshall in the 1860s. Now owned by the National Trust, Tarn Hows attracts thousands of visitors every year though few venture up the slopes of Black Fell.

The optimistically titled Black Crags marks the summit of Black Fell and, as a result of its prominent position and treeless plateau, views are excellent, despite its lack of stature.

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