Saturday, 1 July 2000

Fairfield

Fairfield over Deepdale Hause
Height: 873m (2,864ft)
Prominence: 299m (981ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Marilyn, Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall, Birkett
Summit feature: A pair of large summit windbreaks
Times climbed: 5
Related trip reports:
The Deepdale Horseshoe - 27/02/2015
The Fairfield Horseshoe & Stone Arthur - 21/11/2015
Fairfield via Stony Cove Pike & Red Screes - 03/05/2014
The Fairfield Horseshoe - 23/04/2013
The Deepdale Horseshoe - 03/06/2012
A windy Fairfield summit
What Wainwright said:

"The rough triangle formed by Grisedale Pass, the Rothay valley and Scandale Pass contains a bulky mountain system with five distinct peaks over 2500ft. The main summit is Fairfield, a grand mountain with grand satellites in support. No group of fells exhibits a more striking contrast when surveyed from opposite sides."

Fairfield is the highest peak in the Eastern Fells standing at the head a number of valleys and is a very popular mountain thanks to the many routes that lead to the summit including the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Like many fells in the District, Fairfield has two distinct characters; grassy sloping sides to the south and deep, cragged faces to the north. To the north west is Grisedale Tarn, a 30m deep natural lake, said to be the legendary resting place of the crown of Dunmail, the last King of Northumberland.

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