Great Borne is a fell in the English Lake District with a height of
616 m (2,021 ft). It is a rather secluded hill situated at the western
end of the long ridge which divides the Ennerdale and Buttermere
Great Borne's southern slopes are of some interest, they
fall away precipitously towards Ennerdale Water with steep crags and
scree which are composed of pink granophyre rock which give these slopes
a reddish tinge.
The outlying low summit of Bowness Knott (333 m
(1,093 ft)) also lies to the south and is composed of Skiddaw Slate. It
gives good views of Ennerdale Water and is an easy climb from the car
park which lies at its foot.
Historians have also found evidence
of an old (possibly Middle Ages) field system on the lower southern
slopes of Great Borne below the crags and scree.
flanks of the fell descend to the Floutern Pass, a pedestrian route
between Ennerdale and Buttermere.
To the east Great Borne is
connected to the neighbouring fell of Starling Dodd by a ridge, while
the western slopes descend quickly to the low ground of the west
The summit of the fell has two separate tops
divided by a shallow valley, the south top is slightly higher and is
marked by an Ordnance Survey trig point and a considerable wind shelter.
The northern top has a large cairn which is visible for miles around
and gives extensive views of the Loweswater Fells. This large cairn is
thought to be the boundary marker from which the fell takes its name.
Great Borne is usually climbed from the Ennerdale side of the fell,
with the car park beneath Bowness Knott being the usual starting point.
The route follows Rake Beck for a short distance and skirts the Herdus
crags on the eastern side to gain the summit.
An ascent using the
Floutern Pass is not recommended as the top of the pass is very boggy
and the route rather circuitous.
routes near Great Borne