Saturday, 1 July 2000

Kirk Fell

Kirk Fell at the end of Mosedale
Height: 802m (2,631ft)
Prominence: 181m (594ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Marilyn, Birkett
Summit feature: Shelter cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
A cloudy summit shelter
What Wainwright said:

"Kirk Fell is the patron fell of Wasdale Head, a distinction little recognised. To most visitors in this grandest of all daleheads, Great Gable so catches the eye that Kirk Fell, next to it, is hardly looked at. Kirk Fell is plain and unattractive, a vast wall of bracken and grass, every yard of it much like the rest".

Kirk Fell is situated between Great Gable and Pillar on the long ring of fells surrounding the valley of Ennerdale, and also stands over Wasdale to the south.

The direct ascent up the southwestern slope from Wasdale Head is backbreakingly steep. The main top is marked by a cairn set amid an area of stones.

The east top has a cairn set on a rocky outcrop. Great Gable fills the eastern view, Gable Crag and the Napes seen in fascinating profile. Across Wasdale rise the Scafells, while the High Stile and Grasmoor ranges are well seen in the other direction.