Armboth Fell is a fell
in the Lake District regarded by Alfred Wainwright as the centre of
The fell is a domed plateau three-quarters of a mile
across jutting out to the east of the Derwentwater-Thirlmere watershed
in the Borough of Allerdale.
The fell is wet underfoot with large
areas clad in heather and the eastern slopes above Thirlmere have been
planted with conifers.
Armboth Fell joins the main ridge via a shallow depression a little
to the south of High Tove and due east of Middle Crag. This boggy low
point is the source of both Fisher Gill and Launchy Gill which form the
fell's northern and southern boundaries respectively.
takes the shorter course flowing straight for the shore of the reservoir
through a break in the conifers below Cockrigg Crag and enters the lake
near the Armboth public car park.
Launchy Gill flows across the
plateau via Launchy Tarn which is prominent on OS maps, but on the
ground is a 20 ft (6.1 m) wide pool. Very shallow, it lies on a gently
sloping band of rock.
Launchy Gill then drops through the forest
over a series of waterfalls and a marked nature tail popular with
children, follows the lower part of the gill through the trees.
Prominent on the eastern flank of the fell is Fisher Crag (1,386 ft), a
striking rock face set all about by trees and midway between the two
gills. Reminiscent of Raven Crag to the north, this is a fine viewpoint
for Thirlmere and the Eastern Fells although public right of way is
A small rock outcrop forms the summit complete with a
cairn and a further knoll to the north east is of similar altitude.
Much of the fell, particularly towards the main watershed, is very
wet underfoot and the heather makes progress even more laborious.
There are views east to the Helvellyn range and westward over the
main ridge to the higher fells where a great sweep from Grisedale Pike
to Bowfell can be seen. Fisher Crag presents a better viewpoint for
From the public car park at Armboth a track can be
followed up the south bank of Fisher Gill. This leads into the trees
emerging behind Fisher Crag but from here on there is no path.
Launchy Gill does not provide access to the open fell, the forest fence
being a substantial barrier.
From further south at the Dob Gill
car park the bridleway to Watendlath can be used to gain the main ridge
between Ullscarf and High Tove, before striking north to the summit.
Walking routes near Armboth Fell