Saturday, 1 July 2000

Brandreth

Brandreth seen from Blackmore Pols
Height: 715m (2,346ft)
Prominence: 61m (200ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable & Great Gable - 09/04/2017
Remembrance Sunday on Great Gable - 09/11/2014
A post marks the top
What Wainwright said:

"Brandreth is an intermediate height on the broad tilted ridge rising gently from the back of Honister Crag. Its summit is little higher than the general level of the plateau and has nothing of particular interest".

Brandreth stands between Great Gable and the summit of the Honister Pass, forming part of the head of Ennerdale.

Brandreth assumes a triangular plan. The south-west face falls steeply, but relatively smoothly to Ennerdale, Brin Crag being the only prominent feature. To the east, a rim of crags marks the drop into Gillercomb. This classic hanging valley lies between Brandreth and Base Brown, emptying around the latter into the wide strath of Borrowdale at Seathwaite.

The summit area is bleak and stony, marked by the remains of old fences. The top is identified by a cairn built around a boundary post where the three ridgeline fences meet. There is other high ground around of a similar height.