Glaramara is a substantial fell in the English Lake
District that is part of a long ridge that stretches for over six
kilometres from Stonethwaite in Borrowdale up to the important mountain
pass of Esk Hause.
The summit of Glaramara at 783 m (2,569 ft) is
the central point of this ridge which separates the valleys of
Langstrath and Grains Gill. However, the ridge has two additional fells,
numerous subsidiary tops and several small tarns making its traverse an
appealing and challenging walk.
Glaramara’s most striking feature
is Combe Gill on its northern slopes, a classic example of a hanging
valley that was formed by glacial erosion during the last ice age. The
gill is full of crags and according to Alfred Wainwright contains the
only natural cave in the Lake District. These are the Dove Nest Caves. A
rock slip from Dove Nest Crags has partly covered the cave which has
On its east and west flanks the fell falls away
steeply with rocky slopes and scree to the valleys.
To the south,
the ridge continues from the summit of Glaramara for two kilometres over
various tops (some of which are Hewitts or Nuttalls) with little loss of
height to the adjoining fell of Allan Crags before descending to Esk
The direct ascent of the fell is invariably started from
the Borrowdale road midway between Rosthwaite and Seatoller. From here
it is possible to ascend on either of the ridges to the east or west of
The east ridge is the best because it allows for the
climbing of Rosthwaite Fell and its subsidiary summit of Dovenest Top
(632 metres). On this route two other tops of Glaramara Combe Door Top
(676 metres) and Combe Head (735 metres) are passed over, both of these
Combe Head gives fine views down into Combe Gill
and from here it is short climb to the twin summits of Glaramara.
The view from the top of the fell is very good. Glaramara’s position
in the centre of the Lake District and its relative isolation from other
fells by deep valleys gives a good all round panorama with the view
north down Borrowdale towards Skiddaw being especially fine.
walkers will continue south along the ridge towards the next main fell
of Allen Crags taking in three more subsidiary tops on the way.
The first of these is Looking Steads (775 metres) which has Nuttall
status, the second is Glaramara South Top / Red Beck Top / Lincomb Head
(721 metres) which is a Hewitt and also a Nuttall (called Red Beck Top
on the list) and finally High House Tarn Top (684 metres) which is also
The fell is the scene of the annual Glaramara Fell
Race which has taken place in April in the past but in 2006 the event
was switched to July.
It is an eight kilometre (five mile) race
from Glaramara Outdoor Centre near Seatoller to Glaramara’s summit with
640 metres (2100 feet) of ascent. The winner of the race usually takes
around 47 minutes to complete the course.
routes near Glaramara