Saturday, 1 July 2000

Brae Fell

Brae Fell from the neighbouring Longlands Fell
Height: 586m (1,923ft)
Prominence: 14m (46ft)
Region: Northern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Large platform & trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
Longlands Fell, Great Sca Fell & Brae Fell - 14/06/2015
A large cairn top the fell
What Wainwright said:

"Brae Fell, with a name that seems a marriage of Scottish and Cumbrian influences, is a last outpost of Lakeland in the north and already the typical characteristics of the district are left behind: the outlook is towards the Border".

Brae Fell is regarded as part of the Caldbeck Fells along with High Pike and Carrock Fell even though it has ridge links to the Uldale Fells. It is large and grassy and is really an outlying part of Great Sca Fell being situated on that fell's northern ridge separated by a col with a height of approximately 570m.

The fell's name has Scottish overtones and translates from the Scots language as a hillside or slope.

Wainwright gives it a chapter in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, being less than complimentary, saying, “If all hills were like Brae Fell there would be far fewer fell walkers”.

The top of the fell is strewn with a few boulders and there is a fair sized cairn which is a landmark for several kilometres around. The view from the summit is one of the finest in the Northern Fells, with the panorama north taking in the Solway Firth, Scottish Borders and the northern Pennines.

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