Great Mell Fell is a hill in the Eastern Fells of
the English Lake District and is a north-eastern outlier of the
Helvellyn range, but, like its twin Little Mell Fell, is isolated from
its fellows, standing in the middle of a flat plain.
symmetrical domed profile from almost all aspects, Great Mell Fell
conspires to appear almost artificial, akin to jelly turned out of a
The hill lies on a low ridge, barely perceptible in
places, which provides the connection between the Northern and Eastern
Fells. This watershed runs from Bowscale Fell, across Eycott Hill to
Great Mell Fell and then up the north eastern ridge of Great Dodd.
It forms the boundary between the Derwent/Cocker system in the west
and the wide catchment of the Eden Valley.
To the north west of
the fell is an old rifle range, now disused but still with some fittings
in evidence. This was once a reason to declare Great Mell Fell strictly
off limits, but this is not the case nowadays and the fell is free land.
The National Trust currently owns the fell above the fenceline.
Great Mell Fell is extensively planted with Scots pines on the east and
occasional trees dot the fell all around the base.
summit are a few stunted larches, blown almost horizontal by the
The summit bears a small cairn built on top of
a mound. The Ordnance Survey maps identify this as a tumulus and it is
believed to have been a Bronze Age burial mound.
Due to its
isolation from higher ground, Great Mell Fell is a Marilyn and an
The fell can be climbed most easily via a
path from Brownrigg Farm to the south east and additional access can be
gained through the old rifle range.
There is also a footpath
which circles the base of the fell passing largely through woods and
providing an enjoyable low level walk.
routes near Great Mell Fell