Saturday, 1 July 2000

Great Shunner Fell

The enormous Great Shunner Fell from Drumaldrace
Height: 716m (2,349ft)
Prominence: 297m (974ft)
Region: Yorkshire Dales
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Marilyn
Summit feature: OS trig pillar in cross shelter
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: Great Shunner Fell & Lovely Seat
The cross shelter on Great Shunner Fell
Great Shunner Fell is the third highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and the highest point in Wensleydale. It bridges the gap between Swaledale in the north and Wensleydale in the south. A ridge heads off the the west, eventually forming the impressive Mallerstang Edge.

The Pennine Way passes over its summit and the popularity of this route led to an eroded strip 70 m wide across the moor. This has since has been alleviated from 1996 by the construction of a path made of flagstones.

The summit holds a large cross-shaped windbreak of which the triangulation pillar has been built into the northern 'arm'.

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