Saturday, 1 July 2000

Branstree

Branstreeover the Gatesgarth Pass
Height: 713m (2,339ft)
Prominence: 137m (95ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: HuMP, Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Remains of trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree & Selside Pike - 03/04/2015
The adornments on the summit of Branstree
What Wainwright said:

"Branstree occupies a fine position at the head of three valleys, Mardale, Swindale and Longsleddale, and a fourth, Mosedale, runs along its southern base. This aside, the fell is dreary, and must disappoint all who climb it, for a good deal of perambulation is required before these valleys can be brought into view".

Branstree overlooks the valley of Mardale and the Haweswater Reservoir. It is the first fell moving east where grass prevails, and a Pennine character begins to take over from Lakeland. From many directions the fell appears as a smooth domed hill with a wide top.

The summit is broad and too flat to allow good all round views. These are further restricted by the higher fells to the west, but there is a fine prospect to the Pennines and Howgill Fells.

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