Broom Fell is a small hill in the English Lake District and lies on
a ridge connecting Lord's Seat and Graystones, but is rarely climbed.
The North Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent
and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on a
north-south axis. Two roads cross from east to west, dividing the fells
into three convenient groups. The most northerly sector, rising between
Whinlatter Pass and the Vale of Embleton, includes Broom Fell.
Lord's Seat is the highest of the fells north of Whinlatter and sends
out a long ridge westwards.
The ridge begins with a marshy
depression before rising to the summit of Broom Fell. It then continues
west to the more pronounced saddle of Widow Hause, beyond which is
Widow Hause is densely forested on the southern side
with the conifers of the Darling How Plantation.
To the south of
Broom Fell is the pleasant valley of Aiken Beck, heavily wooded in its
lower reaches. This secluded dale lies between the main ridge and
Whinlatter Fell, draining to the west and ultimately reaching the
Hidden within the Darling How Plantation is the fine
waterfall of Spout Force.
On the northern flank of Broom Fell is
Burthwaite Heights (1,043 ft), listed as a separate top in some
This is a small hill beside the vast morass of Wythop.
Wythop Moss itself lies to the west and drains (slowly) via Tom Rudd
To the east of Burthwaite Heights runs the valley of Wythop
Beck, emptying rather more effectively between the twin hills of Ling
Fell and Sale Fell.
The top of Broom Fell is grassy and the
summit is marked by the end of a wall coming up from Aiken Beck to the
south west. Since this wall connects to no others and simply stops at
the highest point, its purpose in unknown.
A summit cairn of
approximately 2m in height now exists on the summit as does a small wind
shelter made from part of the wall.
The view southward takes in
the Whiteside-Grisedale Pike ridge and the Grasmoor fells showing
Westward across the Vale of Lorton are the Loweswater
Fells and to the east and north are sightings of higher fells on either
side of Lord's Seat. The coastal plain and Solway Firth are also seen to
The ascent of Broom Fell from Wythop Mill uses
a crossing of Wythop Moss, using the old path which gives the only
remotely dry footing. Once the marsh is passed an ascent up the northern
slope of Widow Hause leads to the ridge.
The alternative is to
make use of Aiken Beck, a car park being available near Scawgill Bridge
on the Whinlatter Pass road.
From the valley the southern slopes
of Broom Fell can be tackled direct, or a longer route can be taken via
the summit of Lord's Seat.
routes near Broom Fell