Saturday, 1 July 2000

Ullscarf

The rambling slopes of Ullscarf
Height: 726m (2,382ft)
Prominence: 118m (387ft)
Region: Central Fells
Classifications: HuMP, Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn with ironwork
Times climbed: 1
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A rather ominous looking carin
What Wainwright said:

"Ullscarf rises from the surrounding valleys so steeply and with such a display of firece crags that, up to 2,000ft, it has all the makings of a great mountain. THese crags defend the fell on most flanks. Unfortunately the higher slopes do not live up to the promise of the lower, being, in fact, quite featureless and dreary".

Ullscarf is close to the geographical centre of the Cumbrian hills. It forms part of the watershed between the Derwentwater and Thirlmere catchments, a ridge running broadly north-south.

The top of the fell is an upland plateau of about 4 square miles, predominantly clad in coarse grass and heather.

Views from the top are extensive, befitting the central location, with the Scafells and Helvellyn ranges being shown to particular effect.

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