Saturday, 1 July 2000

Brim Fell

Brim Fell
Height: 796m (2,612ft)
Prominence: 21m (69ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, subHewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Large slate cairn
Times climbed: 3
Related trip reports:
Dow Crag via the South Rake & the Coniston Fells - 09/12/2018
A Coniston Round - 03/12/2016
The Coniston Round - 17/05/2014
The proud cairn with The Old Man beyond
What Wainwrights said:

"Brim Fell is the mile-long whale-backed ridge linking Coniston Old Man with Swirl How, the latter fell being joined at the narrow depression of Levers Hause. Throughout its length, the ridge is furnished with a most excellent turf, but the featureless top is without interest".

Brim Fell is at the connecting point of the three arms. To the north are Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar, south-east is the short spur terminating at The Old Man of Coniston and to the south-west, the range continues over Dow Crag to the lower hills beyond.

Brim Fell is unusual in having no footing on the valley floor on either side of the ridge. On the east, its boundary streams converge at 800 ft and the flanks of Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam continue to the lake. Above the Duddon, Brim Fell is nipped off by Dow Crag and Grey Friar at an even greater altitude. The area of the fell is therefore small, but full of interest.

The summit of Brim Fell bears a fine slate cairn on grass, with a second big cairn to the northeast. The views are extensive although the long whale-backed ridge tends to limit the foreground.

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