Saturday, 1 July 2000

Middle Fell

The craggy Middle Fell
Height: 582m (1,909ft)
Prominence: 117m (384ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: HuMP, Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
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Summit cairn on Middle Fell
What Wainwright said:

"Many of the lesser fells of Lakeland make up for their lack of height by an aggressive fierceness of expression that seems more appropriate to greater mountains and by an intimidating ruggedness and wildness of terrain. Middle Fell comes into this category".

Middle Fell is a satellite of Seatallan standing above the northern shore of Wastwater. It is steep on all sides. The western face is rough with areas of scree and boulders, but generally free of crags. The longer eastern slopes, by contrast, have tier upon tier of rocks. The ridge northward to Seatallan is broad, levelling out onto grass after an initial rough descent.

The summit cairn is sited on a small rock outcrop, close to the beginning of the ridge-end descent to the south. The view across Wastwater to the screes of Whin Rigg and Illgill Head is excellent.