Height: 550m (1,804ft)
Prominence: 30m (98ft)
Region: Northern Fells
Classifications: Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 1
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Great Calva. Knott, Great Sca Fell, Meal Fell & Great Cockup - 17/04/2016What Wainwright said:
|The summit of Meal Fell|
"Thrusting out from the smooth declivity of Great Sca Fell is a long ridge that swells into two subsidiary fell before coming down sharply to Orthwaite. The first of these takes the form of a pyramid, the summit appearing from certain viewpoints as a shapely peak".
Meal fell reaches a height of 550m and although it is largely grassy and smooth like the other Uldale Fells it does have a stony summit with patches of scree. Bill Birkett speculates that the summit could possibly have been a small hill fort in ancient times.
Meal Fell is linked to Great Cockup to the west by the pass of Trusmadoor, a place described by Alfred Wainwright as the “Piccadilly of sheep in that locality” to the east Meal Fell is connected by a ridge to Great Sca Fell. Trus is Cumbric for pass or door.
The view from the top of the fell is restricted inland by higher fells and the best prospect is north west towards the sea.
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