Fellbarrow is a low hill in the north west of the Lake District not
far from the town of Cockermouth. It is also near to Loweswater and can
most easily be climbed from Low Lorton or Thackthwaite. From the summit
there are views across the Lorton valley to Grasmoor and Whiteside.
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District,
bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south
east. Westwards the hills diminish toward the coastal plain of
At the central hub of the high country are Great
Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges fan out on either
flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being a great horseshoe
around this long wild valley. Fellbarrow and Low Fell stand remote from
the end of the northern arm.
Loweswater is unique amongst the
major lakes of the District in emptying toward the centre of the
National Park. It's waters flow out eastwards into Crummock Water before
beginning their northward journey as the Cocker. Loweswater does not
therefore represent any watershed between the fells on either side of
its valley as might be supposed from a quick glance at the map.
low ridge circuiting the western end of the lake joins Burnbank Fell to
Low Fell and Fellbarrow, confirming them as the last outpost of the
The two fells form a ridge 2 miles long with the
lower Fellbarrow at the northern end.
There are a number of
intervening tops, in particular Smithy Fell and Sourfoot Fell which
Wainwright decided were satellites of Low Fell based on the position of
the lowest col. That convention is followed here.
To the east of
Fellbarrow is the Vale of Lorton through which flows the River Cocker.
This is a wide cultivated valley with a number of small parcels of
woodland, the settlement of Thackthwaite lying nearest to the fell.
To the west are a number of small streams including Mosser Beck and
Cat Gill which also flow northward and ultimately join the Cocker. This
is rolling agricultural land on the very edge of the Lake District.
North of Fellbarrow is the lower top of Hatteringill Head (1,263 ft)
listed in some guidebooks before the ridge falls away over Whin Fell to
a minor road known as Mirk Lane.
Fellbarrow also sends out a
short ridge north eastward over Broadmoor Hill towards Low Lorton
village. The fell is rounded and grassy almost throughout.
summit is a gently curving grassy dome crossed by a fence and sports an
Ordnance Survey triangulation column and a cairn.
To west and
north are the Irish Sea and Solway Firth seen across the Cumberland
To the east is a fine view of the North Western Fells
across Lorton, the Whiteside - Grisedale Pike ridge perhaps the
highlight, with Skiddaw and Blencathra popping up behind.
round the view is crowded with fells, the northern wall of Ennerdale
seen side on throughout its length and backed by Pillar and the Scafells.
From Low Lorton village a lane leads westwards joining the access
track to Hatteringill farm. This gives access to the north east ridge
above Broadmoor Hill within easy reach of the summit.
alternative is to climb Low Fell via the drove road from Thackthwaite
either branching north at the ridge or climbing both tops.
the west there are no rights of way on the fell, although it is marked
by OS as access land so an approach from the Mosser road is a
routes near Fellbarrow